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posted: Sun, Apr 23rd, 2017

It's a small world

The CMS art show and third grade recorder concert recently took visitors around the world through art and music.

Featuring the multicultural theme of "It's a Small World," the annual event visually immersed parents, relatives, and friends in artwork representing different areas of the globe. On display were student examples of kimonos, Bahamian masks, Polynesian printing, and Mexican clay suns and metal tooling. There was also work inspired by famous international artists such as Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto, French impressionism master Claude Monet, and Dutch impressionist Vincent van Gogh.

“Our school is made up of students from so many countries,” said art teacher Denise Palmisano. “Learning the significance of art throughout the world teaches appreciation of other cultures, people, and ways of life. That’s so important in our 21st Century global society.”

The third grade recorder concert, conducted by music teacher Lisa King, featured several selections from different areas of the world. These included a traditional song from Uganda called “Yaa Yaa Yaa!" and “Ulili E" from the South Pacific. The tunes gave students a chance to play cultural instruments such as maracas, rainsticks, and the konga drum.

Classic American songs such as “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and When the Saints Go Marching In" were also performed by the 125 third-graders.

Students introduced the songs before each was played and also provided a history of the recorder, an instrument that reached its height of popularity during the Renaissance. (The recorder was eventually replaced by the flute in orchestras because of the flute’s wider dynamic range and volume.)

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