Valentine’s Day Cabaret

by Anna Augart and Tatum Mueller


February 24, 2020

The Valentine’s Day Cabaret took place on Friday, February 7th in the Black Box Theater. It featured performances from BUA’s Jazz Band, Swamp Cats, an advanced jazz ensemble, and Vox Caeli, an advanced girls’ chorus! The musicians were wonderful. By the end of the night, the dance floor was packed with enthusiastic dancers. Before the performance, many people gathered in the Black Box for swing dance lessons. Although it took some time for the people learning swing dance to loosen up, Dr. Abigaña’s kids helped break the ice with some adorable dancing. Most of the songs were upbeat swing music, but there were also a few slow dance songs. The Black Box was filled with decorations and colorful lights, and the tables were covered with delicious snacks, such as crackers, cheese, and cookies. If you could not make it this year, then definitely save the date for next year! It’s fun whether you love dancing or just want to listen to the music, and whether you want to dress up or stay in your school clothes.

The Jazz Band musicians with their respective instruments:

Alto Saxophone — Abhi Lingareddy ’22, Sonya Moo ’23, and Lizzie Seward ’23

Baritone Saxophone — Christian Asdourian ’23

Clarinet — Celeste Alcalay ’22 and Theo Sloan ’23

Drums — Surya Sakhamuri ’22

Electric Bass — Giselle Wu ’23

Piano — David Ansaldi ’22, Anna Augart ’23, Michael Bolgov ’23, Dominic Iafrate ’23, and Daniel Xiao ’23

Tenor Saxophone — Mell Aguiar ’22 and Arya Manda ’23

Triangle — Dominic Iafrate ’23

Trombone — Dr. Abigaña and Alexander Jin ’23 (guest musician)

Trumpet — Liam Kirwin ’22 and Nicket Mauskar ’20 (guest musician)

Voice — Celeste Alcalay ’22, Anna Augart ’23, and Vika Maslova ’21 (guest musician)

The songs that were performed:

“Splanky” by Count Basie

“Alright, Okay, You Win” by Count Basie & Joe Williams

“Blue Skies” by Irving Berlin

“Chinoiserie” by Duke Ellington

“I Got it Bad and That Ain’t Good” by Duke Ellington

“Caravan” by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol

“Misty” by Ella Fitzgerald

“Sing, Sing, Sing” by Benny Goodman

“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by Bette Midler

“In the Mood” by Glenn Miller

“Pennsylvania 6-5000” by Glenn Miller

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