The BASIS International School Shenzhen (BISZ) music department kicked off the holiday concert season on December 2 with band and orchestra performances in the gym. The evening featured our beloved Rock Band, Concert Band, and Sixth Grade Band, and debut performances of the BASIS Orchestra and BASIS Junior Orchestra. Led by Mr. Delay, the groups collectively played 17 traditional and contemporary Christmas favorites that put everyone in a jolly, holiday mood.
On December 9, BISZ presented the first-ever all-school choral concert in the Mountain View Theater at the Sea World Culture and Arts Center. This event showcased the talents of Mr. Shahbazi’s G1–3 Choir, Ms. Oumei’s G4–5 Choir, and Ms. Murphy’s G6–12 Choir. The choirs sang a diverse range of Christmas songs, including an Argentinian holiday tune, featuring a student and Santa dancing the tango, and a negro spiritual expertly sung by G6 and G7 students. In the finale, all 116 performers spread throughout the theater and on stage to sing a beautiful rendition of “Silent Night,” which brought the audience to tears.
Continuing the holiday cheer, the Primary School presented “Wishing on a Star,” a magical performance that brought together music, drama, and art on stage. In the first of several collaborative all-Primary events this year, the show was more than just a concert. Students explored the overlap of harmony, the night sky, and winter wonder with music from the choirs and orchestra, dramatic readings and dance, and an interactive lobby display, posters, and set designs created by the G2 Connections classes and Art club. While the music was the star of the event, the dramatic and art elements, clearly inspired by the music, were seamlessly integrated and kept the audience fully engaged through the entire show.
Last but not least, the smallest BISZ students had a spectacular performance and art show to end the week. Each ECE grade explored art through the theme of winter and chose songs that represent the winter holidays coming up.
Kindergarten students drew and painted winter cardinals and created northern lights with chalk on black paper. PK2 students created magical winter snow paintings and snowmen and designed winter hats. PK1 students made snow paintings and created Christmas trees with paint, marbles, and glitter.
K Fe performed a beautiful snowflake song in their winter sweaters, K Zn took us on a journey of winter clothing and being outside in the snow, K Co gave a magical performance to wish everyone a happy new year, and all Kindergarten took the stage together to perform a “HELLO” song in nine languages.
K年级Fe班的同学们身着冬日毛衣演唱动听的《雪花之歌》，K年级Zn班的孩子们带领观众踏上了雪地里的冬装之旅，K年级Co班级的学生们带来了精彩的表演并祝福大家新年快乐，随后全体K年级学生同台献上了用九种语言演绎的歌曲《HELLO》。 PK2 Cr transformed into penguins and took us to a winter penguin tea, PK2 Ni dressed in Santa outfits, sang Jingle Bells, and took us on a journey with Rudolph, PK2 Mn took us on a rock-n-roll journey as they grew into Kindergarteners! They finished their performance with a collective cheer to the New Year.