Who would have guessed that an opera singer could get an audience of middle schoolers to gleefully join in a rousing chorus? It can happen if it’s “operatic rap.”
The operatic rap was part of HMX ROX, which showcased the talents of students, former students, teachers and parents on March 12. The event raised $3000 for the cultural arts at Hommocks Middle School and offered an eccletic mix of classical, hard rock, show tunes, pop country and pop music.
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The event was co-hosted by Lou Young of WCBS-TV and eighth grader Kairi Sameshima. Musical ensembles included a string quartet featuring district music teachers Janine Knox de Nigris, Alex Romanov, Katherine Sinsabaugh and Andy Sussman. Also performing were eighth graders Sophia Schoenau and Leon Schwendener and tenth grader Cheyenne Elliott. There was a hard rock band, Sell the Children, with performers Jesse Barovick, Luna Slater and Liz Coretto.
Aria Soboutti, a parent of children in local schools, offered his creation of Operap (a mashup of opera and rap). Other performers included cellist Melissa Meell, Bill Steely, and the group Where’s Dave.
The finale brought out the Hommocks Super Band comprised of Hommocks staff, including Joseph Brady, Deanna Chorman, Janine Knox de Nigris, Nanette Jordan, Christine Manzi, John McCormick,Edgar McIntosh, Lolo Mitchell, Denise Ruchala, Katherine Sinsabaugh, Andy Sussman, Aaron Montgomery, Haley Weber, and Dr. Seth Weitzman, the school principal.