Musicians mix it up at 'Concertathon'

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Sun., Feb. 13, 2011
Anthony Gervase, Patrick Birrell, Casey Comeroski, Drew Varvitsotis and Matt Mahalik perform as part of a contemporary ensemble. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Anthony Gervase, Patrick Birrell, Casey Comeroski, Drew Varvitsotis and Matt Mahalik perform as part of a contemporary ensemble. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Lyman Memorial High School had an opportunity to show off the depth and diversity of its student population’s musical talent at a five-hour “Concertathon,” held Feb. 12 in the school auditorium. Groups represented were “the Jazz Band, Smooth Jazz Combo, Concert Band classes, Contemporary Ensemble class, soloists and small group performers from throughout our music department, Chamber Choir, Women’s Choir, and Concert Choir,” according to Lyman music teacher and band director Ann Birrell.

Students began preparing for the event in early December, and were able to raise more than $3,600 for a trip to New York City, scheduled for March. “We are taking 100 music students to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall for a tour,” said Birrell. While at Carnegie Hall, the students will receive a behind-the-scenes look at the famed performance hall, courtesy of a former graduate of Lyman. The students will also attend a performance of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on Broadway, currently starring Daniel Radcliffe of “Harry Potter” fame. “The kids are very excited and thankful to the businesses and families who support the arts in Lebanon,” said Birrell. “For a small community, we are fortunate to have such ardent supporters of the performing arts.”

Birrell said that she was exceptionally proud of her students as she watched them mix it up in a variety of different instrumental combinations, and tackle a variety of musical styles. “There were no conflicts, just the desire to make beautiful music,” she said. “How often can we say that?”


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