Dodd’s Spring Arts Festival thrills audience


The J.W. Dodd Middle School hosted their Spring Festival of the Arts on May 16, drawing a full house of enthusiastic family members, friends, and community supporters.

The event began with a visual arts presentation, showcasing the creative talents of the middle school’s student-artists. Following this, the Chamber Orchestra demonstrated their skills with a performance of “The Code” by Alan Lee Silva.

Directed by Sherill Spruill, the Mixed Chorus performed three pieces, including “Turn the World Around” by Harry Belafonte and Robert Freedman, which received a rousing applause from the audience.

The Concert Orchestra student-musicians then impressed with their renditions of “Legends of Glory” by Kathryn Griesinger and “Perpetuoso” by Brian Holmes, highlighting the group’s remarkable musical talent.

The Select Chorale captivated the audience with a selection of pieces ranging from traditional works to spirituals.

Concluding the evening, the Concert Band, conducted by Derek Warshauer, performed the spiritual “Deep River, Shall We Gather at the River” by Douglas E. Wagner and the iconic “Mission: Impossible” theme by Lalo Schifrin. Their energetic performance reflected the commitment and hours of practice the band members had dedicated throughout the school year, ending the concert on a high note.