Schenectady City School District                                                                                   2006 - 2007

Moonlight Serenade


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Schenectady Senior Citizens Come Out for
Moonlight Serenade

About 200 Schenectady senior citizens enjoyed an evening of music, dance, dinner and entertainment Wednesday evening at the Schenectady City School District's 6th Annual Moonlight Serenade held at Schenectady High School.  The event was free to all senior citizens in Schenectady.

Caroline and Edmund Narkiewicz and Rose and Walter Skubis were among the 200 guests at Moonlight Serenade Wednesday evening.

The evening began when Master of Ceremonies William O'Connor welcomed the guests and introduced the Sayles School of Fine Arts Boys' Choir.  The choir serenaded the smiling guests with What a Wonderful World, The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Swing Low Sweet Chariot. 

While the choir delighted the guests, Schenectady High School students and culinary students from the Career Center at Steinmetz began to serve the salad that prefaced a full turkey dinner prepared by the culinary class.

The lights dimmed and the entertainment continued with more than 25 musical numbers performed by Schenectady High School students.

Soloists included Elyse Brown, Krishna Singh, Sandy Konczeski, Filip Mazur, Matt Delgaudio, Jalissa Watson, Josh Carpenter, Mike Benoit and a duet by Heather Kaminsky and Jeremie Carlson.  Scott Hartz dazzled the guests as his hands danced across the keys during two piano solos.

The chamber choir, consisting of twenty vocally gifted students and directed by Rachael Gayne,  performed an array of musical selections.  The Sayles School of Fine Arts Jazz Band under the direction of Jason Hyatt had the senior citizens reminiscing and  moving to the beat of such tunes as Tuxedo Junction, Mack the Knife, Black Coffee Celebration, Someone to Watch Over Me, Oye Como Va  and On Broadway.

"We are happy to offer this event  which brings our senior citizens and our school community together each year," said Eric Ely, superintendent of schools.  "Everyone has a great time and they really do enjoy the student performances."

The Moonlight Serenade is held each year during Veterans' Week. 






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