Lawrentians Perform in Open-Mic Night

Lawrenceville’s Arts Council, headed by Arts Representative Kate Deskey ’21, held a virtual version of Open-Mic Night this past Saturday, January 30. The event, traditionally held in the Bathhouse on campus, featured pre-recorded performances from nine of Lawrenceville’s talented musicians followed by an open mic session afterwards where any of the audience members could perform. Lawrenceville’s Arts Council, headed by Arts Representative Kate Deskey ’21, held a virtual version of Open-Mic Night this past Saturday, January 30. The event, traditionally held in the Bathhouse on campus, featured pre-recorded performances from nine of Lawrenceville’s talented musicians followed by an open mic session afterwards where any of the audience members could perform. The night kicked off with a cover of Billie Eilish’s “Listen Before I Go” performed by Jessica Li ’23, followed by two different performances of Chelsea Cutter’s “Crazier Things” by Danica Bajaj ’21 and Mackenzie Bunnell ’21. Arata Fuji ’21 covered Mac DeMarco’s “Dreamin,” Kelsie Choi ’22 sang “Part of Your World,” and Phoebe Kronfeld ’21 performed “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Claire Jiang ’24, Alistair Lam ’23, and Gabby Medina ’21 rounded out the pre-recorded performances with covers of “Far from the Home I Love” from Fiddler on the Roof, Francesco Durante’s “Danza Danza Fanciulla Gentile,”and Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License” respectively. Afterwards, many of these performers, such as Bajaj and Bunnell, sang again during the open mic session, along with new performances from Harrison Abromavage ’21, Orlando Doull ’21, Ashley Gelber ’21, and more.

Deskey’s favorite part about being Arts Rep is being able to host events like Open-Mic Night, and this performance was no different. Deskey was excited about the success of the event, saying, “I thought it went really well...It was a nice, casual event, kind of similar to how we used to do them in the Bathhouse, which was nice. I liked the mix of pre-recorded performances and spontaneous performances just because we got a little taste of a lot of different types of music, and the energy was really good. So that was fun.”

Many performers also look forward to sharing their talents with the student body at these events. On being able to pursue her passion for performing during the virtual Winter Term, Medina said, “I love just to sing...and I’m glad that [the School] still have these opportunities for us to sing...I feel like there’s a very strong performing arts community at Lawrenceville and people that really dedicate a lot of hours out of their week to it, and it’s so cool to see that dedication and have those shared interests with so many people.”

Deskey also offered her insight into how the Arts Council has adapted to unprecedented challenges that have come with the Covid-19 pandemic, saying, “There [have been] a lot of roadblocks in terms of planning events, but we’ve found ways to adapt: we’ve started open-mic night back up, and we’re looking to do more virtual workshops in the coming months.” She continued, “Right now, the one we’re focused on is with Raymond Lee ’23, who will be teaching workshops on fashion production and business marketing.”

Reflecting on what she has accomplished so far as Arts Rep, Deskey added, “I’ve really enjoyed getting to showcase people’s talents and find out about those cool projects that they’re doing on their own that deserve recognition...The Arts Council is doing a lot to raise the profile of arts on campus, [and] right now, we’ve been trying to figure out the possibility of planning any in-person events in the spring.”

Looking forward to the rest of the virtual Winter Term, Deskey encourages Lawrentians to actively participate and engage in the arts: “The Arts Council is composed of people from all different realms of art at Lawrenceville. If you know any Arts Council member, or if you want to reach out to me, absolutely do...Other than that, just show out to events, send in any artwork that you may be making at home, and stay engaged with the arts at Lawrenceville!”

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