News and Announcements
All WPS Fine & Performing Arts students and teachers have been and will continue to be provided the opportunity to sign a stage rigging beam that will be hoisted and placed above the stage floor during the next two weeks. This beam will be made visible to anyone working above the stage.
Stiletto Brass Quintet, formed in 2010, has gained exposure as a leading ensemble with performances that the audience greeted with rousing ovations with Doc Severinsen and the Heartland Festival Orchestra, at the International Women’s Brass Conference, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, The National Trumpet Competition, the Great American Brass Band Festival and concerts in New York, New Hampshire, Illinois, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Oregon. Stiletto features five highly accomplished women from the U.S. with careers spanning the fields of orchestral, wind band, and brass chamber music: Amy Gilreath and Cathy Leach, trumpets; Misty Tolle, horn; Nicole Abissi, trombone; and Velvet Brown, tuba.
The group, as highlighted in the August 2012 international brass magazine “The Brass Herald”, reflects timely changes in the music scene. Its energetic and diversified repertoire includes avant-garde compositions written by leading composers of our time, as well as classical and popular works from the Baroque period to Gershwin. Stiletto’s concerts are fun, serious, heart-warming, emotionally intense, and always an audience’s favorite!
WPS Theatre Department will present this timeless classic January 18-21, 2018. Please scroll down on the main page of the WPS Fine Arts website to purchase your tickets.
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.
Our High School musicians gave a spectacular performance at Lifebridge Church on Wednesday, December 13. The concert featured the Wind Ensemble, Laker Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Wren 5, and the Windermere Singers.
Over 40 private piano lesson students played in the First Annual WPS Winter Piano Recital. Students of Heidi R. Larson and Ann Thorsen-Moran ranged in age from Pre-K 4 to High School Juniors, representing beginner to advanced levels of musicians. It was a packed house as each student earned a trophy for their performance and progress this semester.