Randolph artistic talent is once again on display in downtown Huntsville. Our school is sponsoring a tree in Downtown Huntsville, Inc’s Tinsel Trail. This seasonal celebration features approximately 200 decorated trees in Big Spring Park and is open to the public.
David Howse, Lower School art teacher, is leading the School’s effort in decorating a tree that not only contributes to the holiday spirit, but also provides a vehicle for artistic expression by our youngest students.
This year’s Randolph tree has a French theme, with handmade decorations based on the art of Henri Matisse. Mr. Howse led Kindergarten through 4th graders in constructing ornaments reflecting designs based on some of Matisse’s most famous works. With the artist’s flair for color and unique geometric shapes, Mr. Howse felt Matisse’s work would lend itself well to the making of ornaments.
Kindergarteners made line portraits on thin sheets of cooper, while first graders made paper cutouts based on Matisse’s work, The Sky. Mr. Howse commented that the 1st graders refer to these abstract figures as “angel birds.”
Second graders created brightly colored abstract collages and 3rd graders made colorful figures inspired by the painting Icarus. Fourth graders worked together to make a beautiful tree topper reflecting Matisse’s use of bright, expressive color. Mr. Howse noted that, to his knowledge, “Ours is the only tree with ornaments made by children.” The Tinsel Trail trees are on display Nov. 28-Jan. 4., 2014. The trees are lit from dusk to midnight.
Young Voices to sing at UAH
The Randolph Young Voices Choir under the direction of Lea Hoppe, will be part of the Peace on Earth Concert, sponsored by UAH College of Liberal Arts.
Randolph's Arts Director Adam Bernick said, “It is an honor for The Young Voices Choir and Mrs. Hoppe to be invited to participate in an event like this. This is a further testament to the outstanding reputation of the Randolph music program and Mrs. Hoppe in particular. I encourage the Randolph community to come out and support this event.”
Mrs. Hoppe and 58 3rd and 4th graders will be joining other community partners, including the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Community Chorus, Huntsville Ballet, FBC Mosaic Ringers and country music star Lee Greenwood, in a musical holiday treat for the entire Huntsville community.
The Young Voices Choir will open the concert with the singing of "Dona Nobis Pacem" along with handbells, the UAH Choir and the Huntsville Symphonic Chorus. They will also have an opportunity to join with Lee Greenwood on the singing of “God Bless the USA” and will sing with all in the concert closer, “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”
The concert will take place on December 5, in the VBC Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $20 (plus taxes and fees) and proceeds benefit the College of Liberal Arts at UAH. Tickets are available at the Von Braun Center Box Office or online at TICKETMASTER.