Mercersburg Academy’s Jazz Band, Magalia, Octet, and Chorale took the stage for the Spring Pops Concert on Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre.
Magalia and the Octet are Mercersburg’s female and male a cappella vocal groups, respectively. (Magalia is directed by Jim Brinson and Richard Rotz directs the Octet, while Bryan Morgan ’07 is director of the Jazz Band.)
Magalia performed selections including Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper, Top of the Worldby John Bettis and Richard Carpenter, Jolene by Dolly Parton, King of Anything by Sara Bareilles, and White Winter Hymnalby Robin Pecknold.
The Jazz Band performed Theodora by Wes Montgomery (arranged by Johnny Pate), Fast Forward by Howard Rowe, Just the Two of Us by Bill Withers (arranged by John Wasson), The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino (arr. by Stephen Bulla), Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock (arr. Mike Kamuf), Cute by Neal Hefti (arr. Sammy Nestico), and 櫻桃派 (Cherry Pie) by Morgan, which will make its world premiere at the Pops Concert.
Members of the Octet will perform Sugar by Levine, Walter, Coleman, Gottwald, Hindin, & Posner (arranged by Rotz), Cecilia by Paul Simon (arranged by Sharon), Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond (arranged by Rotz), Brown-Eyed Girl by Van Morrison (arranged by Ryan), You are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder (arranged by Rotz), Beat It by Michael Jackson (arranged by Rotz), and Goodnight, Sweetheart.
The music department will present the Spring Music Concert on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Simon Theatre; the show will feature performances from the Chorale, Band, and String Ensemble.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173