Grand Center Arts Academy Vocal Department presents CABARET 2015 - MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES. Presented each SPRING now in our 3rd year CABARET is the biggest fundraiser for GCAA Vocal Department. It is a memorable event with dinner, dessert, cash bar, raffles, silent auction and of course MUSIC by our talented students! This year there will be a matinee and an evening show so feel free to double your pleasure! Our choirs and a cappella groups will all perform along with select solos and duets. It is music through the years so there is some ear candy for everyone's taste. All proceeds go directly to our music department for items such as competitions, field trips, sheet music, sound system and an immediate need of risers. It is great fun for an awesome cause. So in the famous Kander and Ebb words sung by infamous Sally Bowles~ Life is a Cabaret old chum, COME TO THE CABARET!!!See the attached Flyer.
Under oftentimes eerie lighting, the musicians of GCAA entertained a packed house at the Sun Theater on Friday, October 28. The program lists the many participants. The music ranged from classical to jazz, from beginner students to more advanced.
GCAA's Royce Martin performs on KTVI preliminary to the St. Louis teen talent competition. He is a finalist in the competition.
You already know and love the songs, but "In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles" gives you a chance to get a fresh perspective on the story of the band that made them. Grand Central Arts Academy students Nicholas Baggett, Tessa Wild, Kareenah Thomas and Joerdan Carney will join the band for the songs "Eleanor Rigby," "Yesterday," "A Day in the Life," "Hello Goodbye," and "Hey Jude." Performance Venue: The Sheldon Wednesday, May 18, 7:30
On April 14, 2016, the GCAA Instrumental Music Department literally put on quite a show. The performance included eight groups of musicians ranging from beginners to advanced, from "When the Saints Go Marching In" to Mussorgksky's "Pictures from an Exhibition. Here is the program. I'm posting several photos here, with a thumbnail gallery below. Don't forget, though that there are many more (about 50 total) photos at the GCAA Flickr page (which consists of more than 5,000 photos spanning from the beginning of the school to the present time). The Flickr site is divided into albums, including an instrumental music album. Enjoy!
A couple weeks ago, GCAA Head of School Matt Frederickson agreed to allow me to record an interview where he discusses many aspects of GCAA. It's a 25 minute interview filled with colorful images of GCAA students making art. Enjoy!
What is it like be a 6th, 7th or 8th grader starting out playing the violin at GCAA? Here are some images of some of GCAA violin students learning to play a hoedown, taught by Mr. Damen Martin. Check out this video, taken on March 10, 2016. This little tune is called "Happy Hoedown, and it only lasts one minute: Lots of other fun images from today's class too:
Please see the above flyer for the Gas Light play that parent Lydia Garret (mother of David Hayward) has produced. Several of GCAA's music students are in this production (David Hayward, Rachelle Martin, Royce Martin, Devin Evans, Mathis Henning, Jeanna Peterson). Third Baptist Church is hosting the production all to benefit the Instrumental music department! Many Thanks, Damen Martin ps. Evan Smith sent the photo below, writing "this photo shows the beginnings of a legacy, a tradition of excellence, passed from upper academy students to those of the lower academy. And Royce is just such a cool kid!"
On the evening of April 24, 2015, various GCAA instrumental musicians performed in the South Cafeteria. The program for all performances on April 24 is linked here. GCAA parent Dave Heagle uploaded the following video of the GCAA Orchestra Performing "The Idylls of Pegasus." Members of the Orchestra: Maya Casaregola, Jaylah Davis, Emma Iffrig, Terrence Harper, Abigail Jordan, Evie Boyer-Heagle, Joerdan Carney, Madeline Kaempfe, and America Valdiva. . . "Idylls of Pegasus" by Richard Meyer performed by... Grand Center Arts Academy GCAA, High School Orchestra Ensemble from Dave Heagle on Vimeo. .
There will be TWO shows for this year's GCAA Cabaret. First one begins at 1pm and the second show begins at 7 pm. You can purchase tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1356323 Location: The Franklin Room - Soulard Note from GCAA parent Angie Freesmeier:
One can see a lot of art and a lot of creativity in one hour at GCAA. Today I took my camera with me and poked my head into several classrooms, including choral classes, dance, guitar, painting and a quick shot of an ebullient sixth grade comm arts teacher (Denise Farnworth). It's a happy thought that all of this was happening in one hour of one day, and that this was merely a random hour of a random day. In other words, these photos are representative of the creative art education that occurs every day at GCAA.