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Middle school string students present Mostly Baroque

From sixth-grade musicians who picked up a strings instrument for the first time last fall to the middle schoolers who arrived to RE with considerable performance experience, RE's Mostly Baroque concert on March 31 showcased student musicians at all levels of the middle school strings spectrum. Under the direction of strings music director Scott O'Donnell, more than three dozen students demonstrated their progress with a concert featuring well-known pieces from Strauss, Beethoven, Handel, Purcell, Bach and Mozart.

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"These students have been working really hard to bring you this concert," O'Donnell said at the outset of the evening at Swenson Hall. "I'm extremely proud of all of them. I think they've reached a new level of ability, and I really hope you enjoy our concert."

The program began with the 20-member Beginning String Ensemble, which features mostly sixth graders and a few from the seventh grade, performing "Pizzicato Polka" from Johann and Joseph Strauss and "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven. The 13-member Intermediate/Advanced String Ensemble, which includes sixth through eighth graders, played "Rondeau" by Henry Purcell; "Hornpipe" by Handel; and "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" by Handel. Sienna Bautista '27 (violin) and Lily Kingdon '29 (violin) were featured as principals.

The six-member Chamber String Ensemble, including principals Emma Fayad '27 (violin) and Gillian Carvalho '29 (violin), performed four pieces including Handel's "Hallelujah" as the finale. See the full performance group below.

Beginning String Ensemble
William Earle ’29, violin
Sydney Forrester ’29, violin
Ivy Leto ’29, violin
Raif London ’29, violin
Kat Sullivan ’29, violin
Jayden Thomas ’29, violin
Ryan Vinocur ’28, violin
Avery White ’29, violin
Jack Akselrad ’28, viola
Ciaran Clingan ’29, viola
Jahan Jayanetti ’29, double viola
Ivan LeFrak ’29, viola
Rafael Leitao ’29, viola
Porter Sanderson ’29, viola
Sebastian Villamizar ’29, cello
Vinay Rajadhyaksha ’29, cello
Aislin Moul ’29, cello
Julia Bernstein ’29, cello
Karim Ghandour ’29, cello
Jahan Jayenetti ’29, double bass
Intermediate/Advanced String Ensemble
*Sienna Bautista ’27, violin 1
Esha Nagalla ’29, violin 1
Xaviera Awad ’29, violin 1
Becca Haywood ’29, violin 1
*Lily Kingdon ’29, violin 2
Andres Fonseca ’27, violin 2
Eve Kingdon ’29, violin 2
Zachary Corbin-Cheah ’27, violin 2
Nicolas Motoki ’27, violin 2
Brayden McDaniel ’27, violin 2
Brian Kaiser ’29, violin 2
Andrea Medina ’28, viola
Harlan Hoenig ’28, cello
Chamber String Ensemble
*Emma Fayad ’27, violin 
Ivanna Barroso Ruiz ’28, violin 
*Gillian Carvalho ’29, violin 
Eva Cunningham ’27, violin 
Sloane Mason ’27, viola
Ethan Moskovitz ’27, cello
*indicates Principal
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.