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A Memorable, Moving, and Musical Spring Break Trip, Two Years in the Making

When COVID-19 forced the Roxbury Latin Glee Club’s spring break to be canceled in March 2020, no one knew when students might return to school, much less travel the world. But RL’s singers finally went back on the road for the first time since spring break 2019, arriving in Munich on March 11 to begin […]

Roxbury Latin Presents “Catch Me If You Can”

Roxbury Latin and the Winsor School presented this year’s winter musical production—the 2011 Broadway hit Catch Me If You Can—on Friday, February 25, and Saturday, February 26, in RL’s Smith Theater. The story is about skilled con artist and imposter, Frank Abagnale Jr., who worked fraudulently as a doctor, a lawyer, and a co-pilot for […]

The French Family Band Brings Country Music to Smith Theater

“Country music just sounds better when a family sings it,” began Headmaster Brennan in Hall on February 11. “That’s where it all began: mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, all huddled together, picking and singing on a porch in the twilight. Camille and Stuie French—now settled with their family in Nashville—have been making music […]

Holiday Concerts, to Begin the Winter Break

In Roxbury Latin tradition, on the day following mid-year exams—and just before the students and faculty leave campus for a well-deserved winter break—a full third of the student body assembles to deliver a festive and joyful holiday concert, honoring the celebrations and spirit of the season. This tradition—like many—was interrupted in December 2020, and we […]

Julian Patterson ’06 and Kaleb Rollins ’06 Discuss Music and Media, Podcast-Style

On November 30, in the Smith Theater, students and faculty were joined in Hall by two alumni from the Class of 2006—Julian Patterson and Kaleb Rollins—who work today at the intersections of music and culture, sports and fashion, hip hop and media. “Popular culture—as many of us in this room can attest—evolves over time, and […]

Grammy Award-Winning Adam Granduciel ’97 on Fatherhood and Making Music

Alumnus Adam Granduciel ’97—frontman of the Grammy Award-winning rock band The War on Drugs—discusses fatherhood, his band’s new album “I Don’t Live Here Anymore,” and their upcoming show at Madison Square Garden in a recent New York Times article titled “The War on Drugs Can’t Stop Searching for Answers in the Music.” “For all his […]

Live Music on Campus Again, At Last!

This week marked a momentous occasion for this singing school: On Thursday, May 20, Roxbury Latin hosted its first live musical performance in 14 months. On a beautiful, sunny evening, outside in the Smith Arts Center Courtyard, guests sat—spread out, in chairs on the lawn—and enjoyed performances by students in Class VI through Class I, […]

Pianist Andrew Gu (V) Selected for From the Top

Andrew Gu of Class V was recently selected and recorded for NPR’s nationally-renowned From The Top program—a premier music radio show, which celebrates the stories and talents of classically-trained young musicians. The episode featuring Andrew’s performance—Show 393, with host Peter Dugan—aired nationally during the week of December 14. Andrew performed Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7 in […]

Chamber Trio Earns First Place in International Competition

The chamber trio of Daniel Berk (I), Heshie Liebowitz (II), and Alex Yin (II) entered this year’s international Great Composers Competition having never played together as a trio before. Yet this summer—looking for opportunities to make music with others, safely—the three boys wanted to fill the musical gap they were feeling on the heels of […]

Jonathan Weiss ’20 Wins ASCAP Young Composers Award

This spring, Jonathan Weiss ’20 was awarded the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Young Composers award. The annual competition is open to composers of original, classical concert music, encouraging developing music creators to get their work out into the world. Jonathan was seven when he was given a toy keyboard for Christmas […]