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Moni Simeonov on the violin and Jonah Kim on the cello play “Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 together in the Patil theater on Friday. Their performance was in “Songs that Make Us Dance, a Harker Concert Series production.

Dancer-cellist couple Jonah Kim and Julia Rowe grace Harker Concert Series

by Jeremy Peng and Tiffany Zhu November 16, 2023

The audience settles in hushed anticipation as cellist Jonah Kim draws his bow across the strings, conjuring the first note. Wearing a gray leotard and a wispy skirt, dancer Julia Rowe whirls onto the...

Sergeant Hing, portrayed by Thomas Campisi (10), gives a monologue to to other members of the Tectonic Theater Project in this years fall play The Laramie Project. The production performed in three shows and presented the murder of gay student Matthew Shepard and its aftermath.

A murder and a message

by Jessica Wang and Jonathan Szeto November 7, 2023

Trigger warning: This article involves topics including assault and death. We advise readers who may be sensitive about these topics to reconsider reading this piece. A pale-yellow spotlight illuminates...

The middle school combined choir performs during the Harker Day production on Oct. 7 at 1:30 p.m. The sang “All Over the World” from the 1980 film “Xanadu.”

Dr. Seuss-themed Harker Day shows bring together community across campuses

by Jonathan Szeto and Tiffany Zhu October 27, 2023

The spotlight emerges, casting a glow on a vibrant menagerie of colored words in Dr. Seuss’s whimsical style. Two lower school actors step under the light, one dressed as the protagonist from Dr. Seuss’s...

Iris Fu (12) performs the emergency room scene for The Laramie Project. This years fall play will perform from Oct. 26 to 28.

Conservatory kicks off new year with audition action

by Alison Yang and Claire Yu October 5, 2023

The frenzy of audition season brought actors, singers and dancers back to the Rothschild Performing Arts Center (RPAC). Fall Play auditions for Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater’s...

Hannah Streeper (10) finishes her recording session during Harker Conservatory’s Rap Composition Workshop led by guest artist Justin Smith on April 14. “My favorite part of the process is watching students come in for the first time, how they react to hearing themselves and [gain] confidence,” Smith said.

Lyricism and learning: Conservatory hosts first rap composition workshop

by Alison Yang, Co-Arts & Entertainment Editor April 27, 2023

Tick. Tock. With the clock’s steady rhythm as a metronome, students scribble and type furiously. Muttering rhymes under their breath, they hold phones to their ears. Through their tinny speakers, the...

Shareen Chahal (11) as Leaf Coneybear. The eccentric homeschooled speller becomes an underdog of the bee.

Conservatory brings pandemonium with Spring Musical

by Alison Yang, Jonathan Xue, and Young Min April 12, 2023

In thirty minutes, Rona Lisa Peretti, played by Samvita Gautham (12), will take the stage, pink pumps and purple power suit bursting out from the beige set. “Syzygy,” she spells, as the cheers in her...

Harker Dance Company perform Control, their second dance of the show. The contemporary routine contrasted with Trumpets, their hip hop number.

Annual “Just Dance” celebrates student skills

by Jessica Wang and Alison Yang April 11, 2023

As the curtains rise and the music starts to fill the theater, the stage comes alive with a fusion of colors, rhythms and movements. From the fluid movements of contemporary dance to the high-energy routines...

Downbeat performers pose for a photo at the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) on March 10. Downbeat placed fourth in the quarter finals against seven other a cappella groups from California.

Downbeat places fourth at ICHSA quarter finals

by Young Min and Alison Yang March 20, 2023

Harker’s show choir, Downbeat, placed fourth in the quarter finals of the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) on March 10 at John Burroughs High School, competing against seven...

Yasmin Sudarsanam (10), Eileen Ma (12) and Maya Affaki (10) dance to  Peer Pressure. Eileen choreographed the dance by translating her favorite moments from the song to dance movements.

Growing “Better 2Gether”: Students perform in annual Dance Production

by Young Min and Alison Yang February 19, 2023

The curtains draw back as the Patil Theater is plunged into darkness. Suddenly, strings of neon light descend, illuminating the stage as the first notes of “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock...

Harshini Chaturvedula (11) plays the viola with Orchestra during the Winter Instrumental Concert. Held on Jan. 13, the concert invited audiences to watch multiple upper school instrumental groups and soloists perform various musical styles, ranging from upbeat Latin jazz to slow ballads.

Annual Winter Instrumental Concert showcases diverse musical styles and performances

by Ariana Goetting and Young Min February 2, 2023

Warm orange lights illuminate the stage as Lab Band settles into their chairs, carefully preparing their instruments. With the flick of the conductor’s wrist, music flows and reverberates throughout...

Performers unveil work in the arts during Student Directed Showcase productions

by Sidak Sanghari, Hima Thota, Alison Yang, and Sally Zhu January 18, 2023

A misshapen blob of students, dressed in costumes ranging from floral shirts to ski boots to construction vests, gather onstage. Wrapping their arms around each other, they squat down, heads bowed in anticipation....

Cantilenans Ananya Das (10), Miki Mitarai (11) and Lucy Feng (12) sing National Weather Report in winter clothing. Cantilena closed the concert with this song to remind the audience about the warm winters in California.

Choir groups bring audiences around the world in ‘Music from the Eastern Hemisphere’

by Shiv Deokar and Yifan Li December 3, 2022

Harker’s Bel Canto, Camerata and Cantilena along with debuting groups, Dolce Voce and Rhapsody performed in the show ‘Music from the Eastern Hemisphere’ on Nov. 10 in the Patil Theater. The concert...

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