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Hamlin Robinson Winter Concert Event

This year Hamlin Robinson School is celebrating Winter with sounds of the season. Levels 2, 3, 5 and 8 have all busily been preparing music to celebrate this snowy time. Our Winter Concert will also include a performance by our music faculty, and perhaps even a snow-themed singalong.

Level 2: As early as the 13th century, King Henry VIII proclaimed that there would be a fair in late autumn to support merchants and tradespeople through the harsh Winter season. Later, the story of Scarborough Fair was popularized as a folk song, and then again made popular in 1960s by Simon and Garfunkel. The Level 2 class is performing this song as two people separated by impossible tasks, with students coming up with motions to interpret the often mysterious Olde English language in the song.

Level 3: Fuyuzakura are a breed of cherry blossom that bloom from late fall to early Winter in Japan These delicate white flowers are often accompanied by snowfall, and there are many folk songs about their natural beauty. The Level 3 class has worked hard to learn a verse of the song Yuki (translated as Snow). Students have learned the song in Japanese and English. We’ve even sung the song for Japanese-speaking faculty members in order to improve our pronunciation. The song will be accompanied lightly with piano, and sung in a 3-part round.

Level 5: You’ve probably heard of Elvis’ rendition of the song Hound Dog, originally popularized by Big Mama Thornton, but have you heard of a… Winter Dog?! The Level 5 class has learned the ukulele chords to Hound Dog, and as a special treat, each of the three classes have collaborated on their own original verse of this new song, referred to in our class as Winter Dog.

Level 8: As students enter their final year before high school, the priority of our music program is shifted from large-scale performance to personal advocacy. Level 8 students work in small bands to create music for assemblies and/or concerts. We have three bands performing for our Winter Concert and each has picked music and arranged it based upon their specific skills and interests.

Our first band will be performing an arrangement of White Winter Hymnal by the Fleet Foxes, a piece that weaves complicated singing, xylophone, and body percussion together into one song. Another group has chosen to do an assembly singalong to Jingle Bells. Finally, we have a reprise of the Jingle Buddies who bring a percussive passion to Winter parties.

Our goal as a music program is to approach music in a historical equitable fashion. This year we chose secular music for our Winter Concert. If you have any questions about music programming or repertoire, you can contact me at ofox@hamlinrobinson.org.