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A Joyous Christmas Concert

A Joyous Christmas Concert

“It was so joyous!” were the words used by Dr. Melnyk to describe the annual Christmas Concert on December 20, 2022 in the Tully Family Auditorium - Gymnasium.

The evening began with the Tri-M Music Honor Society Induction led by co-presidents Lauren Barton ‘23 and Christina Huerta-Stylianou ’24.  The Tri-M is a national honor society for high achieving students in music programs.  These students exemplify the qualities of integrity, accountability, service, dignity, and kindness. Students fulfill the service requirement by performing at a myriad of events as well as organizing music and helping younger students.  Senior members of Tri-M wear a pink chord at graduation.

Mrs. Rosemary Clarizio’s Middle School Choir sang various styles of Christmas Carols from around the globe. The hand bells merrily chimed as they sang the French Carol, Ding Dong! Merrily on High. Next was the Mexican carol, La Nanita Nana/Coventry Carol in Spanish and old English. Mrs. Jenne Griffith’s Ballet class danced angelically to Pinkzebra’s version of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

Middle School Choir and dancers

 

The Middle School Choir wowed the audience with the rhythmically challenging Nigerian carol, Betelehemu, in which Ariana B made her debut drum solo. Finally, they sang Sparkeljollytwinklejingley, from the Broadway musical, Elf.

Ms. Kelly Gentry’s High School Strings class beautifully performed French Christmas Carols, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and Christmas Tidings.

The Concert Choir and Chamber Choir led by Mr. Sylvain Falipou-Karkari serenaded us with old favorites such as White Christmas and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. The choirs also performed arrangements of sacred works such as, O Magnum Mysterium, La Nuit, The First Noel, and What Child is This.

Chamber & Concert Choir

 

The Advanced Orchestra had us practically dancing from our seats with A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Sleigh Ride. A lesser known, but important orchestral work, Rhosymedre by Ralph Vaughan Williams was elegantly performed.

 

The grand finale was the triumphant Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. All ensembles performed and several audience members did as well. The concert certainly spread joy and hope for all in the New Year.

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Middle School Choir and drummer
Dancers
High School strings, cello, violas
High School Strings, violins
Choir members