Americana Concert Presented at St. John’s Kenmore

1Students presented an Americana-styled concert at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore. Attired in red, white, and blue, students performed a wide assortment of popular American folksongs that they studied throughout the school year. The history of the folksongs represented rich cultural traditions that ranged from English, Irish, Scottish, German, and African-American spirituals including the sounds of Pete Seeger, John Lomax, and Ruth Crawford. “Skip to My Lou,” “Oh! Susanna” and “Buffalo Gals” were just a few of the myriad of melodies presented. The third grade presented the early 20th century folksong, “Cindy,”—made famous by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash—in honor of Principal Cynthia Jacobs.

In addition to vocals, there were several instrumental presentations, including the second graders use of Boom Whackers. Boom Whackers are clever, hollow plastic tubes that are tuned to musical pitches. The students tapped these instruments on the back of chairs as they played “Jingle Whackers” and “Ode to Boom.” Music teacher Lawrence Rizzuto said he enjoys working with students using these instruments, saying, “They are light, easy to play, and help develop creativity and motor skills. The children really enjoy playing them and it’s a wonderful way to reinforce musical principals.”

The concert concluded with all students and guests singing a resounding rendition of “America.” The concert was an inspiring way to celebrate the upcoming holidays!  For additional photos of the concert event, click here and visit us on Facebook.