Friday and Saturday, the Johansen High School music and social studies departments will be holding a dinner and concert fund-raiser centered on the history of World War II.
Ann Amador, a representative of the social studies department and and Advanced Placement U.S. and AP European history teacher, said the collaborative event is the idea of Brad Hart, the head of the instrumental music department, "and I was eager to help him with it because it's such a valuable cross-curricular connection."
Amador has worked with the speakers, coordinated the student work that will be displayed, and has commissioned the multimedia presentations.
The event will include a dinner.
"The event will include flowers from the floral design classes, desserts from our culinary arts department, and lots of projects and presentations from our social studies department," Hart said.
"We are also very grateful for the help of two Beyer students in the German program for doing some translations and reading for us as well. There will also be a guest speaker from the Japanese internment camp veterans who will be sharing some stories during the dinner."
The concert will include several preforming groups.
"Our jazz band and concert band are the big preforming ensembles for the event," Hart said. "We will also feature guest dancers from our dance production class, our amazing Viking Singers and one of their singers, Geraldine Ramirez, as a guest soloist with the jazz band."
The Advanced Jazz, audition-only ensemble will perform a USO-style concert, while the Intermediate Concert band will perform music that represents life and stories heard in the homeland.
Making events resonate
The patriotic display of music and education is designed to be a learning experience.
"We read in the paper a lot now about soldiers returning home with issues, or civilians dying during a bombing from one source or another. These things are not new or will they ever cease to happen.
"These connections, of course, are what make us bond together as fellow citizens of this city, county, state, country and planet. It is this feeling of being connected that will really make people enjoy this event, because no matter the age, we always seek a feeling of connection," Hart said.
Added Amador: "This event allows students to experience the music of the World War II era. Music can teach people a lot about the culture and history of a time period, and World War II is one of the best examples of this. It takes a topic that was taught in the classroom and brings it to life."
Dinner begins at 5 p.m. in the Vikings Den and the concert begins at 7:30 in the Eleanor McKnight- Haines theater. Tickets are $10 for the dinner and the concert and $6 for the concert only.
To purchase tickets, contact Hart at (209) 202-4586. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.