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Springhurst Concert About More Than Just Music

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The Springhurst Fifth-Grade Spring Concert was held on Tuesday night, but music teacher George Swietlicki said the show was about more than just music.

“They studied multiple cultures in school, so it’s interdisciplinary, and they learned all this and more in class along with the academics,” said Swietlicki, who is originally from Venezuela.  “It’s interdisciplinary, it’s not just music.”

Music selections in the show ranged from historical pieces, such as "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America," to popular music, such as "Come Together" and "Dynamite."

The fifth-grade chorus finished off the night with an international song medley with lyrics sung in English, Korean, French, Danish, Spanish, Swahili, Japanese and Italian.

The concert featured orchestra, band, the Harmonaires and the chorus, which is composed of the entire fifth grade.

Springhurst principal Julia Drake said the turnout for the show was impressive as always. “It’s wonderful,” she said.  “We always have a great parent turnout at our events and its usually standing room only.”

With the entire grade taking part in the chorus, Drake said, it’s something that makes the shows even greater. “I would say seeing the culmination of all their hard work and seeing all the kids participate in the entire grade” is the best part, she said.

Swietlicki, who led the Harmonaires and the chorus, could think of only one way to describe the concert and its turnout.

“It’s fantastic,” he said.

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