An evening to enjoy student drawing, printmaking, painting, ceramics and photography exhibits, along with spring concert performances by the school's choirs and orchestra is in store at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart's annual Fine Arts Evening.
This free end-of-the-year celebration of the arts, which is open to the public, will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the all-girls high school, 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest.
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"This event has traditionally been an art exhibit and gallery reception for the artists, which includes all visual art students followed by a music concert that includes all choral groups and the orchestra," says Fine Arts Department Chair Catherine DeVuono, a visual art instructor at Woodlands Academy since 2006.
"New this year will be a performance piece combining theater, choreography and music that will take place during the gallery viewing -- as part of our move toward a more collaborative and integrated fine arts program at Woodlands."
The choir and orchestra concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart and will feature music the ensembles performed at the WorldStrides Heritage Festival in San Fransisco, April 11-14. The honors for Woodlands Academy, the smallest of the 17 schools from five states competing in the festival, included winning the coveted Festival Sweepstakes Award that goes to the school whose top three musical groups' scores averaged the highest.
Other honors achieved during the competition included a Gold award for the Kaleidoscope choir, as well as Silver awards for the student-led Microscope chamber choir and the Woodlands Academy Symphonic Orchestra. In addition, two Woodlands students were among the approximately 10 (out of 950 students representing 16 types of music ensembles) to be recognized for outstanding individual achievement.
Music Maestro awards went to senior Yue Sheng Wang and freshman Shi Yu Wang, both of whom are international students from China. Yue Sheng was honored for her contribution as director of the Microscope choir. Shi Yu was honored for her contribution to the Kaleidoscope choir's performance as an accompanist.
This was the first joint trip to a competition by Woodlands Academy's vocal and instrumental ensembles.
For information about the Fine Arts Evening, visit the Woodlands Academy website, www.woodlandsacademy.org or email DeVuono at cdevu email@example.com.