As the house lights went down, the excitement that had been building backstage at Carnegie Hall was at an all-time high.
With family and friends in the audience, students in grades 4-12 from New York, London, Seoul, and Shanghai took their places in orchestras, choirs, and ensembles for "Dwight Showtime: Music from the Stage and Screen." The program was as varied as the individual students themselves, with pieces ranging from classical to pop. The instruments also spanned the gamut from A to Z — from acoustic guitars to zithers, which students from Shanghai brought with them to play traditional Chinese music.
This special Carnegie Hall concert was the latest cross-campus collaboration and demonstration of how Dwight continues to break ground in international education. In 1972, Dwight blazed a trail as the first independent school to open a campus abroad — well before the words "globalization" and "worldwide web" entered our vocabulary. Today, with five global campuses, Dwight is preparing 2,000 students to thrive and become leaders in our rapidly globalized world.
"Bringing together Dwight students from around the world to share their cultural traditions, learn from one another, and unite through music is a great joy," reports Alistair Hamilton, Dwight School Music Director. "Equally gratifying is collaborating with my fellow music directors at Dwight campuses in London, Seoul, and Shanghai in preparation for our big concert. Both activities demonstrate the numerous benefits of being part of a global and active network of schools that values the arts and provides students with unprecedented opportunities, such as performing together on one of the world's greatest stages."
Chloe Margules '15 agrees, "Having the chance to sing on a stage where so many incredible performers have stood has definitely been amazing and I'm grateful for that rare opportunity." Chloe had the solo in a rousing rendition of "Seasons of Love" from Rent, The Musical, performed by all 200 students. Chloe continues, "Having been selected to close the program was an honor. What a wonderful way to finish my high school experience!" Wonderful indeed.
To see a video of Dwight global students preparing for their big Carnegie Hall moment, click here.
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