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Riverdale Arts Show bursting with sights and sounds

Music and artwork come together for April 22 event


SUBMITTED PHOTO: LIZ RANDALL - Riverdale students honor the late Freddie Mercury with a trilogy of Queen classics (from left): senior Torrin Kelly, sophomore Isabel Pereira, senior Leksi Kostur, senior Nate Pereira singing lead and junior Brian Gentry on piano.Riverdale High School was packed with portraits and sculptures and students were singing, strumming guitars and running their hands over white-and-black keys.

The annual Riverdale School District Arts Show was full of the finest fine arts April 22, and crowds of parents popped in to discover just what students’ muses had inspired.

“At a time when most public schools are cutting back on the arts, Riverdale continues to demonstrate its commitment to both visual and performing arts,” says Terry Brandon, Riverdale School District superintendent. SUBMITTED PHOTO: LIZ RANDALL - Attendees take in students' talent during the annual Arts Show.

Every stripe of 2-D and 3-D art abounded, the handiwork of K-12 students with an urge to draw a cupcake or dinosaur or a passion for shaping the planes of a person’s face, portrait-style. Life-size human forms wrought of plastic wrap were also on display, says Heather Crow, communications coordinator for the school district.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jeremy Martin's senior artist showcase spans a palette of color.

Students tucked throughout the school serenaded attendees with guitars or keyboards. Several middle school pianists and the high school’s Bella Voci Choir performed in the library, along with a slew of high school soloists and group performances, Crow says.

“The crowd joined in the clapping and stomping during the performance of a trilogy of songs by Queen, which started off with ‘We Are the Champions,’ followed by ‘Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy’ and ‘Killer Queen,’” Crow says. “After that, the tempo slowed as the choir sang ‘Ave Maria.’ The room was packed, and the crowd was captivated. It was fun to watch.”

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dinosaurs still walked the Earth at the Riverdale Arts Show.

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