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Panther Valley presents spring concert

Published May 15. 2019 11:07AM

Panther Valley High School music department will present its annual spring concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The concert will feature some old and familiar musical pieces, as well as new compositions and even one world premiere. It will also feature intermediate band, the high school concert band and also chorus.

Notable on the program will be an inspirational and uplifting original composition written for female choir by Daniel Derflinger, music teacher at Weatherly Area High School, titled “Only One You.” It is based on a book written by Linda Krantz, and Derflinger will direct this piece.

Another favorite, not only of audiences but also of the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, is the well-known George Gershwin song “Embraceable You.”

The school’s male vocalists will be featured on the doo-wop song “Longest Time,” and the choir’s final piece is the group’s traditional closing song “I Hear Music in Me.”

Next on the program is something new for 2019: junior high and high school rock bands. They will be followed by the high school band, who will open with the percussion feature “Haunted Mine.” Then the band will present the world premiere of another composition by Derflinger titled “Cerberus.” This is followed by more classic favorites from the popular musical “West Side Story.”

Finally, the band will present the finale for the evening. The band and chorus both will be sharing the stage for the famous “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” This is the original 1944 arrangement by Peter Wilhousky.

Additionally, the art department will be displaying its culminating arts show.

The arts festivities continue visually as the halls and walls are turned into a gallery of drawings, paintings, prints, ceramics and one of a kind works for all to view.

Projects throughout the year from grades seven through 12 showcase the students’ works.

It is recommended you arrive early to see and speak with Melissa Perhamus, our AIR/Artist in Resident, from the Banana Factory, who helped the students create their installation of the 2019 Yin Yang project in the auditorium. This project is made possible with a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Allentown Art Museum.

Culture Fest 2019 will be occurring the same time as the music and art department programs.

Students will be presenting displays representing over 60 countries. There is a cultural food buffet available. Culture Fest will be starting at 6 p.m. and will be in the high school cafeteria and in the seventh-grade hallway.

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