Long Island students perform in Wilson
General Douglas MacArthur High School is located in Levittown, Long Island, and the Concert Choir, Women’s Choir and Performance Theatre classes are directed by Niagara County native, Paige Hardison.
She is originally from Ransomville and is a 1980 Wilson graduate, who also taught at Wilson in the early 1990s.
Hardison is also a NYSSMA all-state vocal jazz adjudicator.
The concert will also feature performances by choral ensembles from the host school, Wilson High School, directed by Claudia Andres.
Groups from both schools will combine to perform the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.
Admission is free.
In addition to the Thursday evening performance, the MacArthur students will be returning to Wilson on Friday after school to join the Wilson students to participate in theater workshops together, as well as a vocal jazz workshop.
The Wilson theater students are under the direction of Gretchen Fournier of Ransomville.
Hardison said that some of the Long Island students have made this journey before, having performed on a similar concert three years ago as freshmen. She said they enjoyed their experience in Wilson, Ransomville and Niagara Falls so much, that they wanted to return as seniors.
In addition to this performance, the Long Island students will be touring Niagara Falls on both sides of the border, taking a ride on the Maid of the Mist, taking a day trip to Toronto and also visiting Hardison’s farm in Ransomville, a destination which many of the students who came three years ago remember as one of the highlights of their trip.
On the way back to Long Island, the MacArthur students will be making one more educational visit, stopping in Seneca Falls to visit the Women’s Rights Museum and National Park.