Thomas Dale High School will present a spectacular concert on Monday, Oct. 22, featuring a 200 voice chorale and full orchestra in an evening of thoughtful and moving music.
Thomas Dale High School is home to Chesterfield County’s Specialty Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and is located at 3626 W. Hundred Rd. The Specialty Center Arts program attracts students from all districts of Chesterfield County who are highly interested and talented in art, theatre, music and dance.
Memorial is a professional caliber composition for mixed chorus, orchestra and baritone solo that was inspired by the events of September 11 and is dedicated to all victims of senseless violence. The ending of the piece is “a rather impassioned plea for peace and understanding,” writes the composer, Rene’ Clausen. Memorial was chosen because Thomas Dale High School has recently engaged with “Rachel’s Challenge,” a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to embrace a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17-year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel wrote in her journal, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
“Memorial is a really beautiful and emotional piece. It shows how people were angry after 9-11, then they grieved, and then let go of their anger,” said Arden Karamarkovich (violinist). Alisa Pratt (violist) adds that, “Rachel’s Challenge and Memorial show that we need to come together and seek peace with everyone.” Visual Arts students at Thomas Dale also created original poster designs to raise awareness of the school’s “Rachel’s Challenge” campaign. Those posters and other student art works will be shown in the Knight Gallery adjacent to the auditorium on concert night.
The Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation is also partnering with Thomas Dale High School on this evening. The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Chesterfield County and surrounding areas through all the cultural arts.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Dale High School’s Main Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. The Specialty Center for the Arts will also host an open house for interested eighth-grade families on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm. For more info please visit www.SpecialtyCenterArts.com.