Last Thursday night (May 19), people of the community had a chance to listen to Northern’s music students and to witness teacher Blake Stevenson’s last concert.
The performance included senior jazz band, grade nine music class, vocals, and the senior concert band. Songs that were selected are Titanic by James Horner, Pirates Parade by J. Ployhar, Can’t Buy Me Love by R. Emerson, Temporary Sanity and Blackout at Beaches by Dennis Diblasio, A Little Blues Please by Sammy Nestico, and many more.
All performances went incredibly well, allowing the audience to enjoy themselves as they listen to young musicians and singers present their talent.
A special performance of Mr. Holland’s Opus, arranged by Michael Sweeney, was presented as a dedication to Stevenson’s retirement. Mr Holland’s Opus is a dramatic movie about a high school music teacher named Glenn Holland. Glenn desires to compose a symphony and it is his dream to accomplish this task. After 30 years of teaching, the music program is shut down, and Holland begins to doubt his accomplishments. As a way to show what Glenn Holland means to them, students of the past and present present him with an extraordinary performance of “Mr. Hollands Opus.”
Stevenson has been at Northern Collegiate for 23 years, teaching instrumental music, guitar, and civics and careers. He has been described as humorous and a great teacher. His presence will be dearly missed by the music department, the school, and his students.