Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dance Happening Postponed to FRIDAY, MAY 27th at 3:30

Due to the weather, Repertory Dance Ensemble will perform the Environmental Dance Happening piece on Friday, May 27th at 3:30. Please meet on the front lawn.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

An Environmental Dance Happening

Inspired by the post-modern era of modern dance, Repertory Dance Ensemble choreographs an envrionmental piece on the front steps of the school. Please join us on Thursday, May 26th at 3:30 to witness RB's very own Dance Happening! The raindate is Friday, May 27th at 3:30.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mural Update

The 8 Corners mural is underway and painting has begun...Congratulations and good luck to Mr. Gehl's Drawing/Painting II class. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Dancing in Grant Park

After attending the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance twenty-two dancers headed over to Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain to play improvisation games and restage choreography inspired by the Alvin Ailey performance. To see more photos visit the Fine Arts Department shutterfly account.

Riverside Arts Weekend

Concert Chorale will perform Saturday, May 21st at the Riverside Art Fair.  They will be singing at the train station beginning at 3:15.  Please come!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Spring Choir Concert - 'Wicked'

Enjoy a clip from the Spring Choir Concert. Annie Krug and Taylor Dalton perform For Good from 'Wicked.'

Spring Choir Concert - Hairspray Medley

Enjoy a medley from the musical Hairspray

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Spring Art Show Winners

Enjoy the video!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dancers attend Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance

In honor of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrating it's 50th anniversary of Alvin Ailey's Revelations students studied the masterpiece in class. On Thursday, May 19th twenty-two students will witness the grace, artistry and athleticisim as they attend a live performance of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performing Revelations at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Choir Spring Concert

The RBHS Choirs will present their Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  Entitled, "The Show Must Go On!", the concert has a Broadway theme this year.  Come enjoy music from "Hairspray", "Phantom of the Opera", "Mamma Mia!" and more.  Many students will be featured in solos and ensembles.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Art Show and Choir Concert on Tuesday 5/17

The annual Spring Art Exhibit will be displayed on Tuesday, May 17th.  Please join us for a reception from 6-8p.  The Viewer's Choice Award will be announced at 7:00p.  Desserts will be provided by Mrs. Farlee's Family and Consumer Science Students. 

Come early for the art show and then head off to the Choir concert, "The Show Must Go On"

Enjoy the RB Arts!

The Brookfield Mural is Underway...

Drawing and Painting II students will team with the Brookfield Beautification Committee to create a large scale mural with artist Sonata Kazimieraitiene.  Stay tuned for more details...

RB Orchestra Attendes Open Rehearsal of the CSO With Yo Yo Ma!

Yo Yo Ma and Stephen Lester play a duet for the audience prior to answering students' questions.

On Thursday May 12th, RB Orchestra Students attended a field trip to hear Ricardo Mutti and Yo Yo Ma rehearse with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center. Susan Synnestvedt, mother of Alex and Maddy Muntean, performs with the orchestra, it was nice to see a familiar face in the orchestra, RB students even applauded as she entered the stage! Students were delighted to hear Mason Bates’ The B Sides, a modern piece that used electronic instruments and percussion effects to create dance club inspired classical music. Then Yo Yo Ma came out to rehearse the Schumann Cello Concerto. He played the piece entirely from memory flawlessly and with finesse and charisma that only a musician of the highest caliber can do. At times he would close his eyes and play with a sensitivity that won the hearts of the audience in a few notes, at other times he performed fiery bursts of notes, adding an exclamation point by jumping out of his seat. Needless to say, the RB students were amazed! The rehearsal concluded with the Strauss Aus Italien. Mutti’s carefully choreographed visualizations brought out the best of the orchestra, at times he even engaged the audience into the rehearsal. To cap off the afternoon, Yo Yo Ma and Stephen Lester led a Q&A session with the audience. RB students Olivia Lauritsen and Findlay Ross both had the opportunity to have Yo Yo Ma answer their questions.
Olivia Lauritsen asks Yo Yo Ma and Stephen Lester when they decided to become a professional musicians.

This was a great opportunity for the orchestra students of RB. We are very lucky to have one of the worlds best orchestras right here in Chicago! Everyone should take advantage of this world class institution, check out for tickets and program information. Also take a look at other photos from the trip on our pictures page.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Instrumental Music Update

Dear Instrumental Music Community,

May is always an exciting month in the music department. On May 1st both the Jazz Band and the Jazz Ensemble played at This Must Be the Place in Lemont. Both groups played a high energy swinging sets to a packed room. The Jazz Band then went on to repeat their set at Hackneys of Palos Hills for yet another packed crowd and professional musicians on May 4th. Thank you to both venues for supporting music education and to Tom Fox and the Brass Tacks Big Band for featuring our students.

Congratulations to Kevin Dinh and Ben Mitchell who have been selected to perform for Senior Awards Night this Wednesday along with Megan Welch and the Seniors of Madrigals. The evening will begin at 7:00 PM with pre-ceremony music provided by Sarah Otmanski and Maggie McLaughlin, and Mr. McOlgan.

On Thursday the Orchestra will be going on a field trip to hear an open rehearsal of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra featuring Yo Yo Ma!

All music ensembles will be photographed on the morning of May 19th. Students should arrive to school by 7:45 in their concert attire. The photo will be taken in the auditorium, more information about ordering this photo, or ordering photos taken earlier in the year will be made available at a later date.

On May 21st the Jazz Band and Chamber Orchestra will be featured along with a Choir at the Riverside Arts Fair. The Jazz Band will begin at 2:00 PM and the Chamber Orchestra will begin at 2:45 PM. We hope to see many familiar faces in the crowd!

On May 24th at 7:00 PM the Chamber Orchestra will hold its final recital of the year at Ascension Lutheran Church in Riverside. The group will be playing two contemporary pieces as well as the 4th movement from Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Orchestra.

The Apollo Awards will be held on May 26th, not May 19th as listed in the student handbook. This is an evening where we celebrate all of our musical accomplishments of the year and award our outstanding musicians. The evening starts at 7:00 PM in the main Gym, and is followed up with a reception to be held in the Cafeteria.

Graduation will be held on June 3rd. All band students need to meet at 6:00 PM that evening dressed up.

Congratulations to Kevin Dinh, Ben Mitchell, Sarah Otmanski, and Sam Romo who all played with the Protégé Philharmonic this weekend at Navy Pier. This is an outstanding orchestra featuring many of Chicago’s most talented young students.

Please keep us informed of all your musical accomplishments!


Mr. Baum and Mr. McOlgan