2015 Small Ensemble Nights

Norwell High School Music invites you to its annual Small Ensemble Nights on Thursday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 10.  The two shows feature completely different groups and repertoire, but they are both at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium, open to the public and free of charge.

NHS is one of a very small number of schools across the country that integrate the chamber music concept into all of its ensemble classes and require all students to learn to rehearse and perform in this format, with a strong emphasis on student leadership, artistic decision-making and self-reliance.

The results are always fascinating – the concerts feature an enormous variety of repertoire, and students who spend the bulk of their time as members of very large sections get a chance to shine in smaller groups.  We hope you’ll come out and enjoy the music these students are making!

NHS Winter Concerts

The NHS Music Department invites you to its two annual Winter Concerts, on Thursday, December 11 (Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band) and Tuesday, December 16 (Chorus/Jazz Workshop/Jazz Ensemble).  Both shows are at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium and are free of charge and open to the public.
The bands concert features a wide range of repertoire, from Renaissance dance music to an excerpt from a Bach cantata, a powerful Russian Orthodox hymn, and a Japanese fantasy reminiscent of the films of Hayao Miyazaki.  The choral and jazz concert is similarly diverse, with a mix of motets, carols, Broadway show-stoppers, and a traditional spread of jazz standards from the big band and workshop combos.
We hope you’ll join us to see what our students have been up to for the last seven weeks or so and to enjoy two evenings of high quality music!Winter 2014

2014 Fall Concerts

The NHS Music Department invites you to its two annual Fall Concerts, on Thursday, October 23 (Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band) and Tuesday, October 28 (Chorus/Jazz Workshop/Jazz Ensemble).  Both shows are at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium and are free of charge and open to the public.
The concerts, art exhibitions and other performances Norwell students put on are, of course, intended to delight and entertain audiences from both on campus and off.  Just as importantly, though, they are the culminations of units of study and opportunities for students to put their skills to the test and to demonstrate what they have learned in a unique and transparent manner.  We hope you’ll come be a part of that process, not just at these concerts, but at all of the arts shows and performances throughout the year!
Fall 2014

2014 Spring Concerts

The NHS Music Department is pleased to invite you to the final two performances of its 2013-14 concert season – the Spring Bands Concert,on Thursday, 5/1, and the Spring Choral/Jazz Concert, on Tuesday, 5/6.  Both performances begin at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium, and are free of charge and open to the public.  
These are the final concert performances for over twenty graduating seniors, so we hope you’ll come support them and all of their classmates as they perform a huge range of repertoire as listed below.
Spring Bands Concert:
  • Symphonic Band: Cajun Folk Songs (Ticheli), An American Elegy (Ticheli)
  • Wind Ensemble: Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo (Arnold), Prelude and Fugue in B-Flat Major (Bach), Sleep (Whitacre), Festive Overture (Shostakovich)
Spring Choral/Jazz Concert:
  • Chorus: Who Will Buy? (Bart), Some Nights (Bhasker, Ruess, Dost and Antonoff), Deep Peace (Kupferschmidt), One Day More (Schonberg/Kretzmer)
  • Jazz Workshop: Cantaloupe Island (Hancock), A Go Go (Scofield), Jeep on 35 (Scofield), Flurries (Krasno/Scarborough)
  • Jazz Ensemble: Work in Progress (Goodwin), Blood Count (Strayhorn), Nancy Jo (Wilson), Two Seconds to Midnight (Baylock)

Thanks for all of your support of arts education, and we hope to see you at the shows!Image

2014 Small Ensemble Nights

NHS Music is proud to invite you to its two annual Small Ensemble Night concerts, on Thursday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 11th in the NHS Auditorium.  Both shows are at 7pm, and are (as always) free of charge and open to the public.
These performances are the largest portion of NHS’ unique and extensive chamber music program.  Between December and February, all of the students in our large ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Chorus, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop) split up into performing groups usually ranging from 1-6 students.  They often choose their own repertoire and rehearse with minimal interference from the faculty, who are present primarily when students hit a rut, to help them to discover solutions to musical and interpersonal challenges.  The students research their repertoire, make artistic decisions about how to perform it, and take responsibility for self-preparation, critical listening and group-based problem-solving.  In doing so, they develop the independence, confidence, sensitivity, accountability and verbal and non-verbal communication skills that are so central to good musicianship.
The results are always fascinating and diverse!  The two concerts have completely different sets of repertoire from a wide variety of styles and genres of music, performed by a mix of vocal and instrumental students from differing backgrounds and levels of experience.  We hope you’ll come out to see what these students have been working on!

2013 Fall Concerts

The NPS Arts and Wellness Department invites you to help us kick off the 2013-14 performing arts season in our schools!
The NHS Fall Bands Concert will be on Thursday, October 24 at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium. This roughly hour-long show is suitable for all ages, and features the NHS Symphonic Band and NHS Wind Ensemble, performing a wide range of works for band, including two important 20th century works for winds by Vincent Persichetti, one of the most ground-breaking and influential composers in the genre.
The NHS Fall Choral and Jazz Concert will be on Tuesday, October 29th, also at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium.  Featuring performances by the NHS Chorus, NHS Jazz Workshop and NHS Jazz Ensemble, the Choral and Jazz concerts are some of the most popular nights of the year.  It typically runs a bit over an hour and is also suitable for all ages.
As always, both concerts are free of charge and open to the public.

2013 Spring Concerts

The Norwell High School Music Department will be hosting its final major concerts of the season on Thursday, April 25th and Tuesday, April 30th.  Both performances are at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium and are, as always, open to the public and free of charge.  Donations to support NHS Music’s December 2013 trip to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL will be accepted at the door, but are not required.

The first of the two concerts will feature the NHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, as well as several smaller chamber ensembles.  The highlights of the evening include a performance by the NHS Percussion Ensemble, which is always a crowd favorite, and a set of pieces by the NHS Wind Ensemble in tribute to the great cultural history of Mexico, including Clifton Williams’ Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta” and H. Owen Reed’s three-movement symphony for band, La Fiesta Mexicana.

The second evening will feature the final concert performances of the year from the NHS Chorus, Jazz Workshop and Jazz Ensemble.  As always, the evening is a mix of music from a wide variety of genres, ranging from popular and jazz music through folk and classical.  This performance will also feature the world premiere of several student compositions by students in NHS’ music theory program.

We hope you will join us to help celebrate the wrapping up of another exciting and successful concert season, and to give recognition to the contributions of the music program’s many graduating seniors!

Please contact John O’Briant (john.obriant@norwellschools.org) with any questions.