BSGE’s 2017 Winter Concert Reply

On Friday January 20, BSGE’s cafegymatorium was packed with excited parents, teachers, and students, all looking forward to the annual winter concert. The 7th grade, some of the 9th grade, the school orchestra, and several soloists performed specially chosen pieces, including one written by the 9th grade class themselves. These soloists included Lynca Saito ‘21, who played Chopin Nocturne, Erica Lei ‘20 performing River Flows in You, and Ethan Yung ‘19, with the piece La Campanella.

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Five Songs You Don’t Know But Should Listen To Reply

State Champs- Perfect Score

State Champs is a pop punk band that has recently gained fame in the punk scene. Their most recent album, Around the World and Back, contains an upbeat track called Perfect Score. Perfect Score is the fifth track on the album and shows their more pop side. For someone who has never listened to State Champs, this is a great first song because it is a fitting representation of their style of music. Perfect Score is also very catchy and is a great song to listen to at any time.

Shane- Insecure

Having released a total of six songs, Shane is not well-known, but deserves a lot more recognition. His most “popular” song, Insecure, has a very upbeat tempo, but is still relaxing and soothing. Watching the music video for this  track is a great idea because it is definitely not your typical dance music video. The video depicts your typical love story, but with a lot more passion and dancing. You should listen to Insecure because even though it isn’t a new style of music, Shane’s voice transforms his songs into a soothing form of pop that makes you want to dance, but is also great for just sitting down and doing homework. More…

BSGE’s 2014 Spring Music Concert Reply

Thursday, May 29th, was BSGE’s 2014 Spring Concert. The entire 9th grade participated, as did the school band: Players for Peace. Some students, such as Anu Shree Rajagopal ‘17 and Mariadolores Alvarez ‘17 had special performances. Anu played a traditional Indian violin, and Mariadolores showed off her flamenco dancing skills.­­ The Players for Peace played well-known songs such as The Star-Spangled Banner. After that came intermission, and then the 9th graders played many complicated pieces such as the William Tell Overture, And the Mountains Rising…, and Swingin’ Shepard Blues.

Ms. Nikkolos, the music teacher and conductor during the concert, was very pleased with the concert’s turnout. She called it a “demonstration of the ninth grade achievement.” The achievement in question is knowledge of reading sheet music and playing percussion instruments. Some of the pieces the 9th graders played are on an 11th grade level, meaning that the 9th graders showed exceptional skill. Once that skill is mastered, Ms. Nikkolos explained, it is much easier to play any instrument. More…

BSGE’s Winter Concert Reply

At 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 28th BSGE’s Orchestra and seventh grade performed for their Winter Concert. The concert was headed by Ms. Nikkolos, BSGE’s music teacher. This concert featured several piano and violin soloists also. The seventh grade performed “Summoning the Spirits”, “High School Cadets”, “Polka Dots”, “Kiss of Fire”, “Climb Every Mountain”, and the “Clog-Shoe Dance”.  Additionally, the orchestra performed “The Star Spangled Banner”, “America the Beautiful”, “Holiday Fantasy” and “Fiesta Mexicali”. Ms. Nikkolos is proud to have worked with this group of students. She calls them an “exceptional group of seventh graders and orchestra members.” Elijah Karshner, a 8th grader in the Orchestra, said,” The band concert was a benefit concert. I liked that we were helping a good cause.”

This year the money raised at the concert from donations were given to Clean More…

Saying Goodbye to Sam Ulano Reply

Sam Ulano, a man well-known to BSGE music students, passed away on January 2nd. He was a drummer and wrote his own music books used frequently by BSGE’s band and music classes. The band has frequently performed for Mr. Ulano in the past. He worked with a few of our students to help them with their music skills and teach them how to play and read sheet music properly. Furthermore, Sam Ulano donated instruments to our school and, according to music teacher Mrs. Nikkolos, “Not a single instrument in our school was purchased without the help of Mr. Ulano.” Mr. Ulano was a great supporter of the school’s music course and after-school band. More…

BSGE Band Performs at Sunnyside Center Reply

On Friday the 13th of December, Ms. Nikkolos’ orchestra performed at Sunnyside Center (a senior center). They played six band pieces and three solos during the afternoon. The concert went smoothly, and the seniors enjoyed listening to the music while they ate lunch. Elijah H ’18 found the experience very rewarding. “I felt happy because I was bringing love and happiness to others,” he explained. Ms. Nikkolos felt that the concert was “fabulous.” “It is a joy to see our BSGE musicians work so hard and make so many people happy,” she added. Xandy ’19 remarked that “it was fascinating.”

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What to listen to: Best (Indie) Albums of 2013 Reply

1. Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend- With highly varied influences and obscure cultural references sprinkled throughout, Vampire Weekend’s third album is musically and lyrically interesting, lending itself to being played on repeat for weeks on end. The often serious lyrical content and overlying themes of death, aging and religion juxtapose the upbeat, catchy music that makes you want to loudly sing along, allowing you to ponder your existence while getting turnt at the same time. The album takes a slight dip in quality towards the end, with Hudson and Young Lion, the last two tracks of the album, being completely skippable; however, the first ten songs make up for it. Actually, the last minute of Hannah Hunt alone makes up for it. More…

BSGE’s Annual Spring Music Concert, Thursday 5/30, 6:00pm Reply

BSGE’s annual Spring Concert will be on May 30th. This is a benefit concert that will raise money for charities. The Players for Peace, the school orchestra, will play that night in addition to the 9th grade.

The Players for Peace will play “Cyberspace Overture”, “Water Music”, “The National Anthem” and “Fiesta Mexicali.” The 9th grade will perform “The William Tell Overture,” ‘Pet Rock,” and “Summoning the Spirits.” This is an original program that contains numerous More…

BSGE Orchestra Performs at Sunnyside Community Center Reply

The Players for Peace. (All pictures courtesy of Abdel Berraha inc.)

The Players for Peace. (All pictures courtesy of Abdel Berraha inc.)

On December 13th, BSGE’s orchestra, the Players for Peace, performed for senior citizens at the Sunnyside Community Center.  The 26 member band, which draws from all grades, performed during the school day and played eight pieces they have been practicing after school since the beginning of the year.

7th grader, Elijah K ’18, who plays the violin in the orchestra, commented that the performance “Made you proud of yourself” especially when playing the national anthem because some members of the audience stood up and began to sing along.

Annie C ’18, who also plays the violin for the orchestra, commented that the concert was a “good experience because Ms. Nikkolos wanted me to play a solo but I didn’t want to but we came to an agreement that me and Francesca would do a duet.” The whole experience was also More…

BSGE Gets A Band Reply

This year the BSGE band, run by Ms. Nikkolos is back. It is not necessary to know how to play an instrument to join. This year, more than ever, she hopes to improve the musicians involved. The band will be playing interesting pieces that will highlight the talent of the band members. Ms. Nikkolos tries to choose popular music from an online source to keep students and audience members interested when the band performs. “Last year’s band was beautiful and successful,” Ms. Nikkolos shares. There are many returning band members, but there is always room for more people. “We always need more in the drum section,” said Ms. Nikkolos.  The band has a tuba,  a French Horn, and some trombones but More…

Performing On Stage At CARNEGIE Hall Reply

On April 14th,  Ms. Nikkolos’ 9th grade advisory and Ms. Matani’s 10th grade advisory went on a trip to the Carnegie Hall for a Cultural Exchange Concert. Within those two advisories, there were six students who were scheduled to perform on stage that day: Seong Ae Hong, Myles Petillo, Adrien Carrere, Ashley Narvaez, Tenzin Thunsur from 10th grade and Zakir from the 9th grade. Students of BSGE collaborated with a famous band from India, Indian Ocean, for this concert. Although the performance was only few minutes long, a lot of time and effort were needed for the epic stage at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Nikkolos and her advisees have been participating in the Cultural Exchange program for several years. And this year, she got Ms. Matani’s 10th grade advisees to participate in the program as well. Towards the beginning of the year, staff members of the program requested the teachers to ask a couple of students to take a More…

The Annual Winter Concert Reply

The night of January 27th BSGE’s cafeteria was crowded with parents, friends and family of the 7th graders and the night’s organizer, Ms. Nikkolos. The night started out with a presentation from helping Hands and an original speech from our beloved music teacher explaining how the concert was a fundraiser for helping Haiti and shelters in New York City. The admission for each person was to either pay 10 dollars for Haiti or donate a gently used coat or blanket to help our local community. In the past music concerts, after the Pakistan earthquake, the coats collected from the concert could not fit on the relief planes because they were too full. But then they realized that they could give the coats that could not fit on the plane to the neighborhood organization. And that’s how the tradition began.
After the introduction to the concert the band played a More…

BSGE Missing A Note–What Happened to IB Music? Reply

Going, going and gone…That is the status of BSGE’s IB music diploma program. There are few students who plan on taking IB music. But the loss is not only detrimental to those few students. It is also a loss to our school which you should consider even if music is not your forte and you weren’t one of the few interested in IB music. And by those few students, I really do mean very, very, very few students.
According to music teacher, Ms. Nichols, last year, 10 students out of the current 11th grade were in the 10th grade music class that would have prepared them for IB music. All these students were there by More…

The Music Concert Reply

On Thursday, May 31, 2007 BSGE had its semian­nual music and dance performance. You could taste the thick layer of excitement and nerves the whole school day.

Mr. Sam Ulano, a well-known drum teacher, attended the concert. We asked him what he thought about the talent at our school. He replied, “Iʼm always amazed at what young people can do. If youʼre noticing, they have talent. Now we need to know how to develop that talent.” He compared music to a suit. According to Mr. Ulano, you need to know More…