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Once Watching a Concert in P.S.21
By Ruoshui, 8th grade
Have you ever been to a concert at an elementary school? I’ve never been to one before middle school. Finally, this year, as an eighth-grader, I have a chance to visit a concert at an elementary school.
Today, December 22nd, I went to the winter concert in Public School 21 with a bass clarinet performer of the show, Zeshui, who is currently a fifth grader.
We arrived at the school at approximately six p.m. After we are allowed to go in, we sat in the bright and gigantic auditorium, which was already decorated for a nearby holiday, Christmas. A few minutes passed, the host walked into the center in a red cloth. Soon she started speaking.
To me, one important thing she noted was that when the fire occurs, all the guests should evacuate through the four exits. However, no one parent should pick up their child at that time, because the school had already drilled for this kind of situations. It was important for the school to keep order at such emergency so that injuries could be minimized. It is important to me because it is the first time I’ve ever heard of something like this during a show. I want my school to have such precaution also.
The first of all were dances. They consist of second and third graders. The dance movements were simple but spirited.
Following the dances, the chorus group wore white shirts; some also wore ties. They stood on two gray three-story stages, one on the left, and the other on the right. They sang in unison. The host was now the conductor, signaling when to pause and when to start again!
The next one was called Kwanza. It was created by an African American much earlier in American history. Now it probably symbolizes cohesion, faith, creativity, and other qualities of positivity. This particular one they performed were composed by four students. The principal, Mr. Swirsky also participated by hitting the drum at a steady beat. We, as audiences, played our part by saying words out loud in the chorus as directed.
After that, the band started their performance. They played us cheerful holiday songs, despite their young age. Some played clarinet, alto and bass clarinet, some played bass drum, and other instruments such as xylophone, saxophone, etc.
With the band accompanying, we sang along. That was the Family-Sing-Along. We sang familiar Christmas carols, like Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas. We were much engaged in it. And that was probably the reasons that I liked the concert.
At last, the concert ended in a clarinet solo. It is very impressive for such a young boy playing clarinet solo at such a concert, and it is amazing for all these children to perform up on the stage today.
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