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Alvirne strikes gold with annual cabaret show
Music coordinator Gerry Bastien led a group of student performers in harmony during last weekend's Cabaret at Alvirne High School. On March 29 and 30, students performed three shows before sold-out crowds. (Photo Courtesy of Danny Rosenberg)
Last weekend’s show, “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Meets the Grand Ole Opry,” was no exception.
Members of the school’s band and chorus groups performed three sold-out shows on March 29 and 30.
Choral director Elizabeth Beaton and district music coordinator Gerry Bastien organized the performances, with community member Joe Kasper serving as the caberet’s master of ceremonies.
Walker said the show has proven so popular that program officials had no trouble filling each performance’s 500 seats.
Energized crowds enjoyed a treat as the Alvirne Singers, B Naturals, Concert Band, Jazz Band Treble Choir, and Wind Symphonic Band, as well as soloists and duos, performed the music they’d carefully rehearsed over the long winter months.
The Concert Band started the musical portion of the program off with Billy Joel’s “Root Beer Rag” followed by a medley of Rolling Stone songs and hits by Journey.
The Wind Symphonic Band kept up the energy with a rocking rendition of Led Zeppelin tunes and a classic Beatles medley culminating in “Hey Jude,” with band members waving light sticks and Bastien leading the audience to sing along in unison.
“Planning and work for the show began right after last year’s show ended,” he said. “The variety of music demonstrated again why cabaret is such a unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else.”
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