On December 19th, 2017, The Arthur L. Johnson Music Program presented their Annual Winter Concert. Directed by Mrs. Rachel Bollaro, both the concert band and the choir musicians performed a number of traditional and contemporary arrangements.
Consisting of 67 members, the Concert Band opened the program with "Overture to a Winter Celebration," with solos by Tyler Moreira, Norberto Diaz, Cody Downing and Bobby Prussack. This was followed by Symphony Number 9 with soloist Sam Hayden. Winter Rhapsody was a difficult piece with soloists Michael Dews, Ryan Rutano, Chris Jimenez, and Sam Hayden. A traditional African song titled "Imani" roused the audience with drums and chimes, with soloists Zack Spricigo and Norberto Diaz. The concert ended the evening with a potpourri of Christmas music in "Twas the Night Before" with soloists Leanne Spratt and Bryan Brown.
After a brief intermission, the ALJ Choir took the state. Accompanied by pianist Sasha Rabeno, the choir opened the program with "The Sleigh." The traditional Chanukah song "One Candle Lights the Way featured soloists, Dominick DePaz and Kaitlyn Caballero, with Daniel Baton accompanying on the piano. The Latin language song "Festival Sanctus" moved the audience Sasha Rabeno. The choir then entertained everyone with "I Heard the Bells" and finished the night with "Winterlight," with soloists Anthony Brown, Ryan Rutano, Ema Espirito-Santo and Dana Evelina. The choir was accompanied by Dominick DePaz.
Mrs. Bollaro thanked the nearly full auditorium for their support and attendance, and thanked both the school administration and the Board of Education for their continued support of the music program.