Top Student Musicians from Dwight Schools Around the World — Innovators in Global Education — to Perform as One at Carnegie Hall
“Music of the Seasons,” featuring the debut of an original student composition, on February 25
Dwight School is bringing together 180 students from around the world to perform in a global concert on Saturday, February 25, 5 pm, at Carnegie Hall. This event, an annual Dwight tradition, exemplifies the school’s long-standing leadership role in bridging international boundaries — Dwight was the first American independent school to open a campus abroad in London in 1972 — and its commitment to preparing graduates to thrive in today’s globalized world.
“No matter where in the world a Dwight student lives, we personalize the educational journey for each one based on his or her individual passions, which we call ‘igniting the spark of genius in every child.’ This is a hallmark of a Dwight education, along with our dedication to educating innovative global leaders equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to succeed in our rapidly changing world and to solve 21st century global challenges,” said Stephen Spahn, Chancellor of The Dwight Schools. Chancellor Spahn, who is celebrating 50 years in education, is the longest-serving head of an independent school in the U.S.
“Our annual concert, which includes students in grades 4-12, brings Dwight’s cross-campus collaborative process to life in every way,” said Music Director Alistair Hamilton. “This year’s program, ‘Music of the Seasons,’ featuring a breadth of musical styles, is orchestrated and composed by faculty and students from around the world. Connecting cultural traditions and ideas through the universal language of music is an incredible learning experience for our students. They auditioned virtually and will be meeting in New York to rehearse and perform as one family. This process illustrates the benefits of being part of an active global network of schools that values the arts and provides students with unprecedented opportunities, such as performing together at Carnegie Hall.”
The concert will showcase the talent of many students, including Calvin Solomon ’17, a music composer and senior at Dwight’s New York campus. His original classical composition for flute, clarinet, French horn, piano, and strings ― “Winter Whispers” ― will premiere played by professional musicians. Mr. Solomon has composed over a dozen instrumental pieces, some commissioned, which have been performed by professionals at such venues as the Tenri Cultural Institute and Barge Music in Brooklyn.
“It’s an honor, and truly humbling, for me to debut my piece in one of the most famous concert venues in the world,” said Mr. Solomon, who will be attending Yale University in the fall. “This event represents the coming to fruition, or culmination, of my passion for composing and hard work over the last eight years.”
Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School
February 20th, 2017