Festival of the Arts Showcases a Corncupoia of Talent

Our Varsity Dance Competition Team brought such energy to the stage it appeared as if they would take off.
Our Varsity Dance Competition Team brought such energy to the stage it appeared as if they would take off.
It’s great to see our Latino Dancers keeping their traditions alive for all to appreciate.
It’s great to see our Latino Dancers keeping their traditions alive for all to appreciate.
The Whitman Center Stage Theater captured the audience with their talent.
The Whitman Center Stage Theater captured the audience with their talent.
Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson, put on a commanding performance.
Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson, put on a commanding performance.
Jeremy Forman, performing a solo on the trumpet, helps lead the Stimson Jazzcats to a new level.
Jeremy Forman, performing a solo on the trumpet, helps lead the Stimson Jazzcats to a new level.
The dance program at Whitman is unlike any other public high school on Long Island. Sue Turner-Radin’s dance groups always perform at their highest level.
The dance program at Whitman is unlike any other public high school on Long Island. Sue Turner-Radin’s dance groups always perform at their highest level.
The incredible Whitman Jazz Band is a delight for the senses and can always be counted on to anchor a great evening.
The incredible Whitman Jazz Band is a delight for the senses and can always be counted on to anchor a great evening.
Whitman Freshman Jaycee Cardoso serenaded the art gallery with one of the evenings Chamber Orchestra performances.
Whitman Freshman Jaycee Cardoso serenaded the art gallery with one of the evenings Chamber Orchestra performances.
Chorus director Steven Altinel leads an impressive group of performers. Here, three members of the Whitman Tour Choir get the spotlight.
Chorus director Steven Altinel leads an impressive group of performers. Here, three members of the Whitman Tour Choir get the spotlight.
With an impressive sampling of high school art on display is easy to see that our teachers provide the right environment for artistic creativity.
With an impressive sampling of high school art on display is easy to see that our teachers provide the right environment for artistic creativity.

The menu of talent at Wednesday night’s Festival of the Arts really put the District’s Arts program on center stage. Parents and community members, with children leading the way, enjoyed a gallery-like setting complete with tasty food complimentary of May’s Gourmet Deli, and delicious cookies compliments to Reinwald’s Bakery. While the gathered audience viewed the art on display, the talented members of the Chamber Orchestra, directed by Frank Yolango, serenaded them. Thank you to our amazing Walt Whitman Art Teachers: Ms. Amakawa, Ms. Cryer, Ms. Guido, and Ms. Tinucci.

As you entered the Whitman PAC entrance, music and art vendors greeted our guests with handouts, a friendly smile, and information about their services, of course the evening would not be complete if we didn’t thank Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) for underwriting the event.

The evening began in the Whitman Performing Arts Center where the performing arts took center stage beginning with the incredible Whitman Jazz Band, directed by Allan Deitz. The Whitman Center Stage Theater, fresh off their incredible performance of ‘Curtain Call,” captured the audience with their talent.  Leading the Whitman Tour Choir to the center stage was director Steven Altinel. These students never cease to fail, and left the audience wanting more.  Sue Turner-Radin’s Modern Dance groups were up next, and their interpretive dance to a thoughtful prose made you stop and think, while the dancers gave their all.

Who other than our very own Whitman Latino Dance troupe can get your feet taping. It’s great to see these wonderful youngsters keeping their traditions alive for all to appreciate.  Just back from the national championships in Orlando, Florida, our Varsity Dance Competition Team brought such energy to the stage it appeared as if they would take off. Our Whitman TSOP Step Team delighted the audience with passion and precision, and the performance portion concluded with two musical numbers by the newly revamped and amazingly talented Stimson Jazzcats.

At the second annual Festival of the Arts, there was no doubt that South Huntington’s ongoing commitment to excellence in the arts is stronger than ever before.

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