After two years in a virtual format, Ursuline’s Festival of the Arts returned to Angela Hall on Wednesday, April 27. The Festival of the Arts is a celebration of the Ursuline visual and performing arts department and the hard work of the students over the year. However, this year, the Festival of the Arts felt like a celebration of performing arts as a whole. As Fine Arts Department Chair Susan Glancy noted in her introduction, “Performing arts around the world were put on pause since March 2020, and are only now returning in full force.” Though Ursuline Academy has been fortunate enough to put on performances over Zoom or socially distanced, this Festival of the Arts was the first true return of the performing arts to the Angela Hall stage.
The performance piece of the evening featured the Chamber Ensemble, with a duet by Victoria Hajjar ‘22 and Catherine Siedel ‘25; the Glee Club; the Bearitones; Katherine Ziska ‘22; Catherine Siedel ‘25; and the Choral Group. The students performed a number of pieces that they’ve been rehearsing over the year, from Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” and “Seize the Day” from Newsies, to a prayer for Ukraine, “Bozhe Velykyi,” sung entirely in Ukrainian.
The evening also showcased the hard work of the visual arts classes. Artwork from all grades was exhibited, and students chose their best or favorite piece to showcase, whether that be a sketch of a skeleton, typography, or a surreal combination of three figures into one character. AP Studio Art students had the opportunity to design their own mini exhibit, curating the pieces they created to highlight both the strength of their work and their identity as an artist.
A huge thank you goes out to everyone who made Ursuline fine arts possible this year – Ms. Laranjeira, Ms. Rufo, Chamber Ensemble director Mr. Grohmann, pianist Dr. Johnson, and Mrs. Glancy, as well as to all those who help to set up or staff the exhibits.