December 11 was an action-packed night of festivities on campus, with the Holiday Open House leading into the Upper School Winter Concert.
Seniors and their parents, along with faculty, enjoyed the Open House at Headmaster Dennis Manning's home. The annual event brings together classmates for a special night of bonding. For more than a few seniors, the event brought on a bit of nostalgia, as they stood on the brink of their final semester at Norfolk Academy and reflected on their journey.
This year's Winter Concert in Johnson Theater highlighted three parts of the school's Fine Arts Department: Band, Orchestra, and Theater.
Directed by Mr. Kelby Schnepel, the band played five songs: Thriller (recorded by Michael Jackson); Superstition (by Stevie Wonder); Orinoco Cocoa (Vince Gassi); September (an Earth, Wind & Fire hit); and Valero (Jim Swearingen).
The orchestra, also directed by Mr. Schnepel, performed four songs. They were Sailor's Song by Mark Williams; A Viking's Tale by Chris Thomas; Appalachian Hymn by Soon Hee Newbold; and Trepak from “The Nutcracker Suite," composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Also shining on the stage was the cast of our 2020 Winter Musical, The Addams Family. They gave the audience a sneak peek of that show, which will be presented in mid-February.
Fine arts lovers don't need to wait till then for the next show, though. The Lower School Holiday Concert is at 9 a.m. on December 20.