The Emmetsburg High School Music Department will present its annual Christmas Concert this Sunday, Dec 15th at 2:00 in the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium.The Christmas Concert will feature performances by the Concert Band, under the direction of Aaron Phillips, and the Concert Choir and the Mixed Chorus, under the direction of David Fog. The EHS musicians have been working hard in preparation to usher in the Holiday Season with sacred and secular seasonal music. There will be an admission charge. The Concert Band celebrates the holiday with sounds of the season. “Ancient Carol” is a song the concert band traditionally brings out for the Christmas Concert. It is an instrumental rendition of a well-known carol. “Aggressivo” is a piece that explores aggressive rhythmic patterns and musical expressions. “Shadows Unleashed” takes on a playful, yet at other times, sinister character. “Danse Carnivale” was inspired by many great can-cans, gallops, and quick-steps. The group will close with “And All The Bells Shall Ring!” which is based on several traditional carols. The Jazz Combo will perform three numbers with varying jazz and swing styles. The Jazz band will be playing their three selections including Back Burner, Until I Met You, and At the Oasis. Both groups also have several students playing solos. The EHS Concert Choir and Mixed Chorus will perform together onstage while performing the story of Christmas with their sacred musical selections. The 130 chorus members will perform separately and together, with special lighting, staging and narration enhancing the choral music of the choirs. The 9th and 10th grade Mixed Chorus will perform the contemporary arrangement “Hodie” by D. Waggoner, the Christmas favorite “Do You Hear What I Hear” by H. Simone and the Spanish carol “Riu Riu Chio”, as well as singing along with the Concert Choir and audience on several familiar carols. The 11th and 12th grade Concert Choir will perform a processional featuring the Latin plainsong, “O Come O Come Immanuel” by the Mens Chorus, “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella” by the Women Chorus, and “Hodie” by John Leavitt. The Concert Choir will also perform “Gloria” –another arrangement by Leavitt and “All Is Well” a beautiful choral setting of by Christian artist Michael W. Smith, which will feature a solo by Fith gradeer Taylor Van Heuvelen. The Concert Choir will also sing the energetic African carol “Betelehemu” accompanied on percussion by Erik Drost, Chris Van Heuevelen, and Tess Van Den Hurk-Moran, the uplifting French carol “He is Born, the Divine Christ Child” as well as their traditional medley of carols entitled “A Christmas Choral Fantasy”. The audience will be able to join the choirs in the singing of the carols “Angels We Have Heard on High, “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night” Continuing what is becoming a Christmas tradition will be the invitation to past EHS choir members to join the Concert Choir on satge in the concert ending performance of the “Christmas Choral Fantasy.” Music will be available at the door, and Mr. Fog and the choirs hope that past friends will join them onstage for the performance of this traditional concert closer. Following the Christmas Concert, the audience is invited to the gym for hot cider and Christmas cookies while the auditorium is reset for performances by the EHS Jazz Bands and Show Choirs, who will conclude the afternoon with their performances in the auditorium.
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