Annual Winter Concert Brings Classic and Exciting Music to All
Hailey Raimo '19
23 December 2018
The Annual Winter Concert, hosted by the Music Department, took place on December 20th at 7 PM in the Schneider Auditorium. Before the concert took place, students from the choir and band performed for middle schoolers in Woodland Park and Little Falls during the school day. This preview included classic sing-along Christmas songs for the kids and pieces prepared for the concert that night.
The Concert Choir performed first, singing energetic holiday songs. They started with African Noel, arranged by Victor C. Johnson, which featured percussion instruments. Next, they performed The Bells, arranged by Lon Beery, painting a picture of words from Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem. The piano accompaniment created a crisp feeling throughout the piece. Lastly, they performed Hallelujah Chorus, which is part of George Frideric Handel’s work, The Messiah, and one of the most famous pieces of choral music.
Next up, the Hornet Harmonics took the stage. They started with an upbeat piece called Text Me Merry Christmas, a song released in 2014 by Adam Schlesinger, also song by a cappella group, Straight No Chaser. They finished with a classic Christmas favorite, Mary Did You Know by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene, which has been made popular with younger generations by the famous a cappella group The Pentatonix.
Following the intermission, Jazz Band performed All I Want For Christmas is You, words and music by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff. This performance included a vocal solo by Gabi Volonnino ‘19 and backup vocals by the Hornet Harmonics. Concert Band followed with three exciting songs the band have never previously performed. First, was Appalachian Snowfall composed by Paul O’Neill and Robert Kinkel, and arranged by Bob Phillips and George Megaw. This was made famous by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, whose worldwide popularity has introduced Heavy Rock Christmas Music to many. Next, they performed a holiday classic, Angels in the Bleak Midwinter, arranged by Larry Clark. Lastly, they performed Traditions, by Sean O’Loughlin. Not normally considered a holiday song, this piece tells of family and the love that we share with each other.
To close the concert, PV Choir and Alumni performed The Lord Bless You and Keep You by Peter C. Lutkin. Any alumni who participated in the Music Department before graduating were invited back to sing this song with the choir. “It’s amazing to have everyone back to sing together, as the Music Department as a whole, is one big family,” Michela Speller ‘19 stated.