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Winter Wonderland: Where the Arts Never Hibernate

As we approach the anniversary of COVID shutting down life as we knew it, the world remains a different place in so many ways and the winter can feel even longer and darker. But in spite of this—or perhaps because of it—the arts at Lincoln continue to flourish, in new and ever-more inventive ways. While the cold, post-holiday weeks typically include a Winter Concert and an All-School Art Showcase and other activities that bring vibrancy to our spring countdown, those rituals had to be reimagined this year.

“Not only do our students want to create art that inspires them, but they want to share it with the community, even if they are not here to see it being placed in our hallways or gallery.” Anita Thompson, Visual Arts department head

Students and faculty not only found ways to transform the annual All-School Art Showcase and Winter Concert to fit our current times, they used the opportunity to discover new skills and push the boundaries of what is possible.

“Working with our students this year has been an inspiring time, as we discover that creating music during these unprecedented times—while different—brings joy, creativity, and fun to our days!” says Robb Barnard, Performing Arts faculty member. “Learning recording techniques, how to mix and blend tracks online as well as record from home has been a benefit to our learning that we may not have discovered in different times!” 

Link to 2020-21 Winter Highlights Video

"Our students inspire me daily!" says Anita Thompson, Visual Arts department head." Their depth of commitment to the creation of their craft is amazing. To watch all of our students, throughout the three divisions, bring back and forth all different types of media clearly shows their dedication. Whether they are picking up 25-pound bags of clay, coming into school carrying large canvases, or dropping off artwork to be displayed, these acts clearly illustrate their love of both their art and their school."

See below for links to the Winter Concert performances!

The 4th grade this year learned about the major pentatonic scale using a raag bhupali, from Indian classical music. They are sharing the signature melody of this raag over a drone. Additionally, the fourth grade took part in the Jerusalema Challenge, which is an international dance challenge. Enjoy!

feat. lyrics by Olivia Rodrigo, Sleeping At Last, Kodaline, Jeremy Zucker, Flora Cash, Alessia Cara, Lewis Capaldi, and Anson Seabra

LLK is Sienna F. and Hailey Y.-B.

recorded by Etta James; written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren

April R. and Cate M., solo

Vocal Ensemble is April R., Emily E., Cate M., Courtney B., and Bianca I., with Sheila Z., piano.

written by Dave White and John Madara

Vocal Ensemble is April R., Emily E., Cate M., Courtney B., and Bianca I., with Sheila Z., piano.

written by Brian Holland, Robert Bateman, Freddie Gorman, William Garrett, and Georgia Dobbins

Cate M., solo

Vocal Ensemble is April R., Emily E., Cate M., Courtney B., and Bianca I., with Sheila Z., piano.

music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, arr. by Kevin and Yvette McChesney

Advanced Handbells is Amelia A., Kaitlyn A., Samantha B., Riley C., Georgianne D., Larissa D., Jade M., Michelle O., Sophie R., with Sheila Z., piano.

music and lyrics by Audry Snyder, arr. Charles Cofone

Advanced Handbells is Amelia A., Kaitlyn A., Samantha B., Riley C., Georgianne D., Larissa D., Jade M., Michelle O., Sophie R., with Sheila Z., piano.

music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, arr. by Douglas E. Wagner

Beginning Handbells is Salma A., Hannah B., Sydney B., Danielle C., Maya C., Lillia M., and Anabel S.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Indie Kidz Club is Eleanor J., Drew M., and Sophie S.

Julian Casablancas and Daft Punk

Indie Kidz Club is Eleanor J., Drew M., and Sophie S.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Courtney B., Emily E., Bianca I., Cate M., and April R., lead vocals

Sienna F. and Hailey Y.-B., backing vocals and tambourine

Lucy L., violin, Michelle O., piano, Eleanor J., guitar, Sophie S., guitar with Dominique Castro, cello and guitar