Under the leadership of Vocal Music Director Carmen Ceresa, joyful music by 7th grade students from Madison Junior High School welcomed visitors to the Naperville Municipal Center during the lunch hour on March 17, 2017.
Thirty-four students performed at noon for Mayor Steve Chirico and city employees from the steps in the atrium at the Naperville Municipal Center.
Earlier the students had visited several local nursing homes to share their voices in harmony. After singing songs by American composers for Mayor Chirico, the students headed to Portillo’s for lunch.
“We’re always so excited when the children from our school districts come to sing for us here at the Municipal Center,” said Reggie Lynch, Executive Assistant to the Naperville City Council. “It’s so wonderful to see them and listen to their music. It really brightens up our day.”
In addition, this time of year the annual art show by students of all ages in School District 203 celebrates color and creativity in a variety of techniques throughout City Hall.
Plan a little extra time when doing business or attending meetings at the Naperville Municipal Center to tour the student art show, too. This year’s exhibit closes at the end of the day on March 22, 2017.
The Naperville Municipal Center is located at 400 S. Eagle Street.
Thanks for supporting the arts!
In a related note, the Neuqua Valley High School 9th-grade honors band, Concert Winds, will perform at 3PM on Sun., March 19, opening the Winter Concert of the Naperville Municipal Band in the NVHS Auditorium.
The Naperville Municipal Band is led by Conductor Ron Keller and Assistant Conductor René Rosas.
Neuqua Valley High School is located at 2360 95th Street. The concert is free of charge.
Update March 19, 2017 / Photo Gallery from “American Composers”
Neuqua Valley Fine Arts Department Chair Jonathan Lauff welcomed the audience to the Sunday afternoon concert during Music in Our Schools Month.
Under the leadership of Emily Binder, Concert Winds performed Riders for the Flag by John Philip Sousa, Down a Country Lane by Aaron Copland, and American Salute by Morton Gould, arranged by William Jastrow, who was seated in the audience.
After the Naperville Municipal Band performed its tribute to American composers that included Star-Spangled Spectacular by George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin’s Songs for America, the bands played on.
The final set featured a combined performance of the Naperville Municipal Band with Concert Winds, playing The Symphonic Gershwin, a Warren Barker arrangement that contains three familiar works by popular songwriter George Gershwin. Music lovers are sure to remember An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue and Cuban Overture.
The concert was made possible with funds made available from the City of Naperville SECA Fund.