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Annual BAD concert from student performers brings holiday cheer to all campuses

Annual BAD concert from student performers brings holiday cheer to all campuses

by Irina Malyugina and Alysa Suleiman

December 15, 2019

The luxuriously heavy crimson drapes slowly unfurl to the wings of the stage, revealing a vast ensemble of seated students, dressed in identical cream-gray sweatshirts, Santa hats or reindeer ears and facing the centerstage in a semicircle. Soft beams of indigo, gold and magenta diffuse across the stag...

Downbeat travels around the Bay Area during their annual Winter Tour

Downbeat travels around the Bay Area during their annual Winter Tour

by Sriya Batchu, Reporter

December 11, 2019

Last Friday, Downbeat went on their annual winter tour where they sang and spread cheer at six different stops. The group left the upper school around 9 a.m. and visited the preschool campus, where they sang carols to the young children. Their next stop took them all the way to perform and hand out...

Jazz band performs Christmas renditions at lunch

Jazz band performs Christmas renditions at lunch

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

December 10, 2019

Members of jazz band performed renditions of Christmas songs during long lunch today outside the auxiliary gym. Songs they performed included Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca,” Michael Buble’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town and “Winter Wonderland” and Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”...

Fall Quadchella invites students, faculty to watch performances through informal talent show

Fall Quadchella invites students, faculty to watch performances through informal talent show

by Sriya Batchu, Reporter

November 16, 2019

Harker’s biannual Quadchella talent show invited students and faculty to watch an array of performances in the quad during long lunch on Nov. 7. This Quadchella contained a total of four teacher acts and six student acts. Face painting provided by the art club along with popcorn and tattoos were a...

Composer David Amram to visit upper school next week as artist in residence

Composer David Amram to visit upper school next week as artist in residence

by Kathy Fang and Jin Tuan

November 3, 2019

Award-winning composer David Amram will travel to the upper school next week as this year’s artist in residence, bringing a series of music workshops, lectures and performances. A lifelong musician, Amram began his journey in composition by scoring films in Hollywood, but soon set off on his own...

“Got to Love” the music: Laila Biali jazzes up traditional styles in first performance of annual Concert Series

“Got to Love” the music: Laila Biali jazzes up traditional styles in first performance of annual Concert Series

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2019

“One, two—one, two, three, four!” The deep notes of the bass and a catchy drum rhythm kick off an upbeat jazz song, led by a bright trumpet melody. After a few counts, jazz vocalist, pianist and songwriter Laila Biali leans into the microphone and launches into the opening lyrics of her song...

The Jazz Factor shares their love of music

The Jazz Factor shares their love of music

by Nicole Tian and Eric Fang

August 28, 2019

Trills of assorted jazz music float through the pavement in front of the Glass House as six musicians tap their feet along to the rhythm. Before their performance at the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Jazz Factor, a band made up of several students from the Bay Area, started a little over two years ago as ...

A backstage look of Harker’s most diverse and well-loved performance

A backstage look of Harker’s most diverse and well-loved performance

by Esha Gohil, Reporter

March 24, 2019

Swarms of singers from various choral groups exit the stage, having finished a playful Harker themed rendition of the song “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent”. As the show ended,  senior host Matthew Hajjar announced the start time of the next class, the coordinator of the show, Neil R...

Concert Series returns after two years with jazz performance

Concert Series returns after two years with jazz performance

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

October 18, 2018

Members of the Harker community were invited to attend the first performance in this year's Harker Concert Series, which was hosted at 8 p.m. tonight in the Patil Theater and featured jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti and jazz saxophonist Dayna Stephens. Eigsti, who is childhood friends with upper...

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