The White Mountain School’s annual Cultural Event Series kicked off on Nov. 15 with a lively and interactive performance by the award-winning group, New Inca Son, who performed music and dance of the Peruvian Andes.
New Inca Son is a musical and dance ensemble with a mission: to preserve its indigenous heritage and to instill, particularly in children and young people, an understanding and appreciation of it. The group both performs and educates, offering hands-on workshops, interactive concerts, and residencies for students in schools. One such workshop was held before the group’s performance at White Mountain, and students had the opportunity to try their hand at the Peruvian pan flute and later joined the group in a number in front of the community.
“Through the Cultural Event Series, we hope to expose students to multi-cultural performances that remind them of the beauty and complexity of many cultures from around the world and to grow from art forms that they may not be familiar with,” said Becky Beno, a member of White Mountain’s faculty who has organized the Cultural Event Series for over a decade.
Many of the students who participated in the workshop have played or currently play other musical instruments and were able to compare and contrast their experiences with the pan flutes.
“The most challenging part was the breathing aspect of playing the pan flutes, you had to control your breathing in order not to run out of breath,” said Judah Borges ’20. “I played the flute a long time ago, something that was different in this instance was the team aspect. The flute was a solo instrument, here you had to be in sync with others around you.”
“The workshop went really well, a lot of people showed up, which was great because we were able to get a good sound together,” said Addie Laster ’23. “I’ve played the flute, accordion, and guitar before. In comparison to the flute, these pan flutes were definitely easier to figure out how to hold and play.”
White Mountain’s Cultural Event Series aims to connect White Mountain students and the community at large with rich cultural and performing arts productions. Throughout the 2019-20 academic year, White Mountain will host two additional events as part of its Cultural Events Series, which aims to support White Mountain’s broader commitment to equity and inclusion by featuring artists from diverse cultural and musical backgrounds. On Feb. 7, Guy Davis, known internationally as a leading ambassador of the blues, will perform. On April 17, the Dissipated Eight, the oldest a cappella group at Middlebury College, will perform. Additional details about these two events will be released in 2020, closer to the date of each performance.
Initiatives like the Cultural Event Series are made possible due to generous support of White Mountain’s Annual Fund.
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for 135 students grades 9-12/PG. Our mission is to be a school of inquiry and engagement. Grounded in an Episcopal heritage, White Mountain prepares and inspires students to lead lives of curiosity, courage, and compassion.