Elementary school offers concert

LAKE COUNTY — The Baldwin Elementary School gymnasium was packed on the evening of June 7 as parents and friends gathered to enjoy this year’s spring concert. The children were in fine form, having obviously worked very hard to prepare an entertaining program of music and singing.

First to perform was the sixth grade band, under the able direction of Brian Parent, who noted that the young players have made outstanding progress. Less than two years ago, many of them didn’t even know how to hold their instruments or read music! Now they work together well as an ensemble, getting the notes right and paying attention to expression and dynamics. The sixth graders offered three selections: “Centurian,” “Anasazi,” and the old favorite “Blow the Man Down.”

Next up was the fifth grade World Music Drumming group, conducted by Julie Sherlock. The percussionists were a terrific crowd-pleaser, as their pounding, African-inspired rhythms got the audience clapping and tapping their feet.

The cute factor went up several notches as the Preschool singing class offered “Move Along.” The kids were adorable, and although not a large group, they seemed immune to stage-fright and sang their piece with confidence and enthusiasm.

The kindergarten/first grade choir was another delight — particularly with their winning rendition of “I’m a Little Teapot,” complete with appropriate gestures for handles and spouts. Congratulations, too, go out to the three youthful soloists in “You Could be My Friend.” We hope to hear more from Bre’Indel Watkins, Amanda Kaja and Kyle McKinney. Great job, kids!

Not to be outdone, the second and third graders charmed with their spirited vocals in “Feelin’ Good,” and “That’s Not Me.” Especially impressive was the lively choreography in their concluding piece, “Move, Move, Move.”

The fourth graders offered “Couch Potato,” and “Life is What you Make it,” garnering sustained applause from their proud parents. The sixth grade Girls Ensemble followed with a lovely version of the traditional melody, “The Water is Wide.”

Rounding out the festivities was the fifth/sixth grade Honors Choir, which sang beautifully and got eyes misty with “Over the Rainbow,” following with “Come Back Liza,” “Fireflies,” “Never Say Never,” and “I’m Goin’ Up a Yonder.”

Special kudos should go out to music directors Parent and Sherlock for their dedication, patience and technical expertise. They have done an outstanding job in training these talented youngsters, and have fine-tuned a school music program that the entire community can be proud of.

Baldwin School concerts are free and open to the public. Don’t miss the next one.