The Frederick Gunn School Music Program will present its annual spring concert, Swing Into Spring! featuring students in String Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, and Jazz Band under the direction of Ron Castonguay, Director of the Arts and Music Director. Family, friends and the community are invited to attend the performance on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. only in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. Admission is free with general admission seating. All guests are required to adhere to the school’s Visitor Policy.
The repertoire includes a vibrant mix of classical and contemporary music, from Tchaikovsky to Count Basie to Coldplay. An additional performance will be offered May 17 exclusively for students and faculty.
String Ensemble includes violinists Jenny Macler ’23, Aria Trotta ’23, Melanie Villegas ’25 and Livia Correia ’23, cellists Nic Danforth ’23 and Yoyo Zhang ’22, and bassist Noah Ram ’23. Vocal Ensemble includes Henry Abbate ’25, Stella Zhu ’25, Nina Lamb ’24, Andrew Chen ’24, Audrey Richards ’23, Sierra Cortes ’23, Colin Hall ’24, Taylor Sall ’25, Aryel Sealey ’25, Will Dyer ’23. Jazz Band includes Ryan Katz ’25 (drums), Rocky Wang ’25 (trumpet), Kat Crea ’25 (flute), Sandra Sacristan Garcia Carrasco ’24 (bass), Owen Laatsch ’25 (trumpet), Hugo Vilbois ’23 (piano), Will Dyer ’23 (bass), David Wang ’25 (piano), Jonathan Dai ’24 (piano), Oliver Levick ’24 (saxophone).
“The spring, almost to a cliché degree, symbolizes new possibilities, new colors, a vibrant message from a higher power that a warm and spectacular future is only around the next corner. This metaphor seems particularly relevant as we present our first live spring concert in TPACC,” said Castonguay, an accomplished musician, composer, conductor, and innovative music educator, who has been a Gunn faculty member since 2019. “This spring is bringing with it a hope for an energetic boost to the possibilities, to the unknown, and to the exciting journey that has been set before us. Let’s Swing Into Spring!”