A talented array of Miss Hall’s musicians recently took to the Centennial Hall stage, entertaining friends and family with a dynamic evening of jazz and rock performances. The nearly two-hour show featured solo, duet, and group performances of classics and original compositions — and a few surprises.
The MHS Ukulele Band opened the evening with its renditions of “Cheap Thrills,” by the Australian artist Sia (complete with audience participation), and the Beatles’ classic, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The band featured Liz Cachat ’19, Emily Carmel ’20, Isabelle Lapierre ’20, Soleil Laurin ’20, Ayla Wallace ’20, and Ginny Zhang ’20 all on vocals and ukulele, with Ginny performing on the cajón during “Cheap Thrills.”
The Electric Berries — Anna Kim ’18 on vocals and bass, Tiffany Luu ’18 on vocals and guitar, Kate Nguyen ’20 on vocals and piano, Queen Tran ’18 on vocals, Amy Qian ’18 on drums, and Trudy Fadding ’19 on bass — followed with “How Long,” by Charlie Puth, and “If I Ain’t Got You,” by Alicia Keys. Moody Vine, featuring Trudy on cello, Judy Li ’18 on vocals, and Ivy Wang ’19 on guitar, then took the stage to perform “Leave Your Lover,” by Sam Smith.
Ayla Wallace ’20 offered the evening’s first solo performance, playing the guitar and singing her original, untitled composition, which received an enthusiastic standing ovation. Michela Laurin ’18, backed by Kate Nguyen ’20 on bass, Judy Li ’18 on drums and Director of Music Debbie Duff on piano, then followed with the Ray Charles classic, “Hit the Road Jack,” and Ingrid O’Dell ’19, backed by Trudy on bass, Instrumental Music Instructor Rob Sanzone on Drums, and Ms. Duff on Piano, performed “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars,” by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Following a duet performance by Bethany Song ’20 (vocals) and Brook Chen ’19 (guitar) of “Let Her Go” by the English singer-songwriter Passenger, Z Hypolite ’19 (piano and vocals) delivered a stirring performance of her original composition “Basket of Flowers,” which also brought down the house.
The Just Jazz Band closed the evening with four songs, “Fever,” by Peggy Lee; the blues classic “Night Train,” Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and “Become My Dream,” by Silya and the Sailors. The group featured Rose Battista ’19 on clarinet and percussion, Bella Currie ’18 on the alto and tenor saxophones, Trudy Fadding ’19 on bass, Judy Li ’18 on drums, Ivy Wang ’19 on guitar, Amanda Xu ’19 on piano, and Andrea Zhang ’18 on vocals and percussion. The set included a surprise performance by Rose, Trudy, Ivy, and Amanda, who serenaded the group’s three seniors with their version of the classic “All of Me,” cleverly arranged as “All of Us,” in a fitting tribute to their graduating bandmates, who have played together for four years at MHS.
It was a wonderful evening!