Festival of the Arts Showcases South Huntington Talent

Sue Turner-Radin’s dance groups always perform at their highest level, giving Walt Whitman one of the top high school dance programs on Long Island.
Sue Turner-Radin’s dance groups always perform at their highest level, giving Walt Whitman one of the top high school dance programs on Long Island.
Violinist Jaycee Cardoso performed a beautiful solo for art spectators in the South Gymnasium.
Violinist Jaycee Cardoso performed a beautiful solo for art spectators in the South Gymnasium.
This showcase of the Little Mermaid duet wowed the crowd.
This showcase of the Little Mermaid duet wowed the crowd.
This solo of Somewhere Over the Rainbow was perfectly executed along with the rest of the performance by the Whitman Choral.
This solo of Somewhere Over the Rainbow was perfectly executed along with the rest of the performance by the Whitman Choral.
The Walt Whitman Varsity Dance Team impressed the crowd with high kicks and graceful leaps.
The Walt Whitman Varsity Dance Team impressed the crowd with high kicks and graceful leaps.
Our Whitman Step Team was in perfect synchronization.
Our Whitman Step Team was in perfect synchronization.
We can always count on Matt Hoffman and the Whitman Jazz Band to provide outstanding musical talent.
We can always count on Matt Hoffman and the Whitman Jazz Band to provide outstanding musical talent.
The Stimson Jazzcats had a memorable performance.
The Stimson Jazzcats had a memorable performance.
It would not be a true celebration of the arts without a stellar theatre performance.
It would not be a true celebration of the arts without a stellar theatre performance.
Spectators couldn’t get enough of our Latino Dancers as soon as they took the stage.
Spectators couldn’t get enough of our Latino Dancers as soon as they took the stage.
A performance by percussion and winter guard ended the evening on a high note.
A performance by percussion and winter guard ended the evening on a high note.
Winter guard beautifully showcased their hard work with in sync coordination.
Winter guard beautifully showcased their hard work with in sync coordination.

The menu of talent at Thursday 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 while the talented Chamber Orchestra, directed by Frank Yolango, serenaded the art viewers in Whitman’s South Gymnasium.
The Center Stage portion of the evening began in the Whitman Performing Arts Center where the performing arts began with the incredible Whitman Dance Program, followed by the Stimson Jazz and Dance programs. The Teen Tones, ADAM Snow Biz and the Little Mermaid performances followed just before Whitman Choral took the stage under director Steven Altinel. The Walt Whitman Jazz Band under director Matt Hoffman was up next before the Latino Heritage Club performed a series of dances that captivated the crowd. The Collective ended the performances in the PAC with singer/songwriters Kate Jenkins and Summer Levinsky before spectators headed to the North Gym to watch the Winter Guard and Percussion performance that was a true grand finale for the evening. It is certain that the arts are alive and flourishing here in South Huntington!
A special thank you to our stage crew for running a seamless performance schedule. We also thank the Lamplighters who assisted during the course of the performances under Advisor David Rickmers. District Arts Facilitator Ms. Jackie Tartaro sends congratulations to all who participated in the Festival of the Arts especially to all of our Teachers and Advisors who, along with their students, presented their very best.
This was the fifth annual Festival of the Arts, and there was no doubt that South Huntington’s ongoing commitment to excellence in the arts is stronger than ever before.

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