Cheers for RCK's Spring Concert

Featuring over 100 inspired student-musicians in band, chorus and orchestra, this year’s Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School Spring Concert was an unqualified success. The May 21 event earned well-deserved applause from audience in the East Islip High School auditorium.

RCK Principal Danielle Naccarato introduced the program with East Islip Director of Art and Music Stephen Guarino, praising the school’s improvement in musicianship and thanking the community for their attendance and support.

“I was so impressed by the performances at this concert,” said Naccarato. “It is always amazing to hear how much the students have grown musically since our Winter Concert, which is due to our outstanding musical teaching staff, supportive parents and of course the talented students at RCK.”

The evening began with performances by the beginner and advanced bands, both directed by Lynda Maniscalco. Starting with English folk song “London Bridge,” the beginner band went on to tackle Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony and the classic “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The 44-member advanced band impressed the crowd with James Swearingen’s “To a New Beginning,” “Galactic Episode” by John O’Reilly and Mark Williams and a rendition of “The Raiders March” by John Williams (Indiana Jones’ theme from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”).

Next up was the RCK chorus, directed by Margaret Strzelecka. The students sang their hearts out on versions of “Red River Dances,” Ellen Woods Bryce’s “A Musical Recipe” and Audrey Snyder’s “Firefly” before donning shades for a swaggering romp through Teresa Jennings’ “Dancin’ on the Rooftop.”

RCK’s beginner and advanced orchestras – led by director Angela Fetcho and accompanied by Strzelecka on piano – ended the evening of music on a high note. The beginners performed American classics “I Like Chocolate Ice Cream,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “Bile 'Em Cabbage Down,” followed by the advanced orchestra’s vibrant renditions of pieces by Mark Williams (“Fancy Fiddles”), Leopold Mozart (“Happy Dance”) and Rob Grice (“Defender of Time”), all leading to cheers from parents and listeners.