Mount St. Mary Academy Hosts Beatles Spectacular Concert | Arts & Culture
The Mount St. Mary Academy band and dance team will have the unique opportunity to perform with Mr. Mustard Beatles Band on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Also on the program will be the Western New York All Catholic Honor Band.
Each group will be performing with the Mr. Mustard Beatles Band from Rochester New York music of the Beatles. Such favorites as She Loves You, Help , Get Back, Lady Madonna, Yesterday, Got to get You into my Life, the legendary Hey Jude and many more selections. The entire evening will feature music of the Beatles. Mr. Mustard Band will also be performing separately in the show.
This is the first time in Western New York where elementary students and high schools are all performing with a pro band of this caliber. There will be over two hundred students performing that night.
Mount St. Mary Academy’s musical program, which is one of the most robust in the area and is made up entirely of girls, includes more than one-third of the high school’s entire student body.
Mount St. Mary Academy musicians have performed over the world at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Bahamas, in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Grand Cayman Islands, Cozumel Mexico, and the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Hope Ball in Washington, DC., plus many local events.
“I’m very excited about this performance with the girls from Mount St. Mary’s as this is an opportunity of a lifetime to perform with such a pro band” stated John Hathaway, band director at The Mount. He continues stating “Being an all-girls band, that’s unique in itself, but seeing the interest and excitement about this musical show just blows me away. And when you realize that many of the girls never played a musical instrument before coming to the school, it’s just amazing.”
The concert will be held in the school’s 1,100-seat auditorium, which features a design similar to Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets for the show are $8 in advance or $12 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling the school at 877-1358.
“Jazz is a unique art form. Because of the music programs in the schools, children are exposed to its beauty and creativity both on an individual and group level. As a result of this exposure, the kids will have a knowledge and understanding of jazz that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. When you combine music, theater, dance and the visual arts together into a well-rounded program, as is being done at the Mount, you permanently affect these children in a positive way. If it wasn’t for the arts programs in the schools, I don’t know if I would have accomplished what I have in my life,” said John Hathaway.
“The opportunity to perform with someone of Bobby’s talent, skill and prominence in the musical industry does not come along very often for a high school band. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these kids; it will be something they remember their entire lives,” said Mount St. Mary’s Instrumental Music Director John Hathaway.
Mount St. Mary Principal Dawn Riggie agrees, “What a wonderful chance for our students to learn more about the Beatles than playing the selections from the Beatles,” she said.