Lower and Middle School Students Explore Mozart through Pottery

It's an unusual marriage, pottery and Mozart, but one that made perfect sense for BB&N sixth graders visiting their older counterparts in the Middle School ceramics studio earlier this week.

The collaboration was born out of a discussion at faculty orientation nearly three years ago between Lower School Music Teacher Greg Fernandes and Middle School Art Teacher Sasha Bergmann. The two have been toying with various ways to combine art and music ever since. This fall, they finally landed on an intriguing concept.

"We used square slabs of clay to start with a basic idea or theme using each student's name, and from there we moved to the next tile to show a variation of the original theme," says Fernandes. "Listening to Mozart's 12 variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman" (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star), the students had to incorporate the changes in the music into the changes of their clay slabs"

The hands-on project forced students to connect subtle variations in the music with variations in their own clay tiles, making for "an awesome experience" which students thoroughly enjoyed.

"One of the coolest parts of the project was the creativity that we saw in their work," says Fernandes. "The students really made an effort to incorporate things like volume, speed, and intensity of the music into their clay art."

A sunny ceramics studio, hands deep in clay, and Mozart in the background...what's not to enjoy?

Upper School Theater Tackles the Immortal Bard in Fall Performance

Before the turkey even hit the table this Thanksgiving, student thespians cooked up their own feast in the BB&N theater with a wonderful production of Much Ado About Nothing. Considered by many to be one of William Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, the show effortlessly explored classic Shakespearian tropes like mistaken identities, love, honor, and humor, much to the delight of the three full-house audiences.

Click here for a look at some scenes from the performance.

Lower School Celebrates Grandfriends and Thanksgiving

BB&N Lower School students recently put their talents on display in a Thanksgiving assembly extraordinaire. Featuring various seasonal songs and dance numbers by each of the Lower School grades, the assembly took on special meaning as it was attended by more than 150 grandfriends who had spent the morning visiting classrooms with their grandchildren.

Watch below for a taste of the magic as the Kindergarten performs the classic Rainbow Connection, a tune made famous by that consummate performer, Kermit the Frog.

LS Rainbow Connection from Buckingham Browne & Nichols on Vimeo.

BB&N Debaters Enjoy Successful Weekend
On Sunday, November 13, eight members of the BB&N Debate Team represented the school at a prepared cross-examination style debate held at St. Paul's School. The students representing BB&N were seniors Jacob Licht and Aaron Kaufer, juniors Adam Levin, Armando Hazaveh, and Ian McJohn, and sophomores Sophie Collins-Arroyo, Talia Belz, and Aurash Vatan.

The team, under the guidance of Coach Sarah Getchell, competed against teams from Exeter, St. Paul's, Roxbury Latin, Choate, Loomis Chaffee, Northfield Mount Hermon, and St. Sebastian's.

Out of all of these noble and talented debaters, BB&N won:
  • 1st Place Team
  • 1st Place Pair (affirmative side)—Jacob Licht '17 and Aurash Vatan '19
  • 1st Place Pair (negative side)—Adam Levin '18 and Ian McJohn '18
  • 1st Place Debater—Aurash Vatan '19 (which means that he has qualified for the World Championship debate in Sydney, Australia, an honor received only by a small handful of ISL debaters).
We offer these debaters a hearty congratulations, not only for their debating success but also for representing the school with grace and aplomb.

Photo at left, from left: Aurash Vatan '19, Assistant Coach Zoe Balaconis, Coach Sarah Getchell, Jacob Licht '17, Aaron Kaufer '17, Armando Hazaveh '18, Adam Levin '18, Ian McJohn '18, Talia Belz '19, and Sophie Collins-Arroyo '19.
Singers Perform a Little Knight Music at Cabaret

A talented crop of young singers flourished in the spotlight at this year's Upper School Cabaret Night. Joined by a few veteran juniors and faculty, the eleven freshmen and sophomores making their debut at this popular event showed none of their greenness as they crooned, belted, and trilled to the delight of the large audience, who robustly accepted the invitation of Myles Nadeau-Davis '20 to join him in singing "The Bare Necessities" as he strutted some dance steps. Musical selections ranged from 15th-century Italian opera to a song from the 21st-century genre-redefining Broadway hit Hamilton. Chorale director Joseph Horning, who organized and hosted the event, contributed a rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic "I've Got a Little List" that included his own Election 2016-inspired stanzas. He was accompanied on the piano by Counselor Doug Neuman, who played, too, for several students. Valerie Becker P'15 also accompanied students, as well as History teacher Suzy Glazer and Voice teacher Adriana Repetto.

"Comedy Tonight" from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Joseph Horning

"Good Morning Baltimore" from Hairspray
Julie Klingenstein '20

"The Two-Headed Boy" by Jeff Mangum
Allie Freitag '20

"Close Every Door" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Max Ambris '19

"Sam's Town" by Brandon Flowers
Lana Tilke '19

"Non Posso Disperar" by S. De Luca
Chong Hongyuan '20

"Remedy" by Adele Adkins and Ryan Tedder
Cordiana Cozier '19

"I Guess I'll Miss the Man" from Pippin
"Uptown" from The Carole King Musical
Tina Kulow '20

"Titanium" by David Guetta
Annabel Kiley '19 and Isaac Glotzer-Martin '18

"On the Street Where You Live" from My Fair Lady
"The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha
William Li '19

"Woman" from The Pirate Queen
"Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan
Carly Newell '18

"Seize the Day" from Newsies
Trevor Donovan '18, Jiho Lee '18, and Andreas Frank '18

"Where or When" from Babes in Arms
"New York State of Mind" by Billy Joel
Tess Haining '19

"Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's
"The Bare Necessities" from Jungle Book
Myles Nadeau-Davis '20

"Summertime" from Porgy and Bess
"Burn" from Hamilton
Suzy Glazer

"I've Got a Little List" from The Mikado
Joseph Horning

"All the Things You Are" from Very Warm for May
"A Wonderful Guy" from South Pacific
Adriana Repetto

Click here to view a photo gallery of the Cabaret performers.

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