Friday night’s Festival of the Performing Arts, “Stars In Our Eyes, 2009,” sponsored by the Rotary Club of La Jolla, brought together talented students from La Jolla’s four high Schools: The Bishop’s School, La Jolla High School, La Jolla Country Day School and The Preuss School.
A highlight of the evening was the stunning performance of violinist, Elli Choi, a 7-year-old first grade student at La Jolla Country Day School, accompanied by her mother, Dr. Youngeun Choi. Elli played “Introduction and Tarantella Op.43" by Pablo de Sarasate, receiving a standing ovation from the audience.
Performances included: The Bishop’s School jazz ensemble, two vocalists and a scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream;” a Persian Culture Dance, vocalist and guitar player, tap dance, comedy, pianist, and instrumental performances from La Jolla High School; La Jolla Country Day School’s “The Winter’s Tale,” a string ensemble, a vocalist performing “Think of Me” from “Phantom of The Opera,” individual and group vocalists, and a classical trio (violin, piano, and cello) from La Jolla Country Day School; a vocalist from The Preuss School, singing a song from “Aida,” as well as break-dance and hip-hop performances and a Disney medley involving 48 performers.
The program also included an exhibit hall of student artwork - paintings utilizing various mediums, pottery, sculptures and a wide-ranging display of highly creative art objects.