MILLBURN, NJ - Show tunes, holiday favorites, and traditional songs from across the globe will be performed by the Millburn Middle School choruses in their annual Winter Chorus Concert. The program will be presented in the Middle School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.
The program will open with the Sixth Grade Chorus singing One Candle by Andy Beck. A novelty selection based on a tune by J.S. Bach, Cold and Fugue Season, will follow, then the chorus will sing another tribute to the season, Winter’s Waking. The sixth graders will close their portion of the program with Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from the popular animated Disney film “Frozen.”
Songs from North America, Africa, and Eastern Europe will be performed by the Seventh Grade Chorus, beginning with Zol Zain Sholem, a lively “call and response” song with a Hassidic melody, sung primarily in Yiddish. The second tune is a holiday selection entitled African Noel, an arrangement based on a traditional African tune. The final selection for the Seventh Graders is Cindy, an energetic version of the American folk song dating from the early 20th Century.
The Eighth Grade Chorus will begin with the first of three contrasting selections, Calling My Children Home, a 4-part a cappella version of a song first sung by the bluegrass band Country Gentlemen, then by singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris. This will be followed by Ain’t Judgin’ No Man, a selection in the style of a traditional American spiritual. Concluding the eighth grade portion of the program will be Theme from New York, New York, a tune first sung by Liza Minnelli but most often associated with Frank Sinatra.
The combined choruses of the seventh and eighth grade boys, then the combined girls’ choruses, will be featured next on the program. The boys will begin with a selection from the British Isles, a Welsh song entitled The Maid of Llanwellyn. Next the combined seventh and eighth grade girls chorus will sing The Rose, a song written by Amanda McBride and made familiar when it was recorded by Bette Midler for the 1979 film also entitled “The Rose.”
The MMS Select Chorus will close the concert singing two contrasting selections. The first, Sleigh Bells, is a spritely seasonal favorite based on a Russian folk tune. The final number of the evening will be an a cappella arrangement of the contemporary hit song Some Nights, made popular by the band “Fun.”
The Sixth Grade Chorus is under the direction of Mr. Christopher Capone, and Mr. David Huneryager conducts the Seventh Grade, Eighth Grade, and Select Choruses. Student accompanists for the choruses are eighth grader Eric Wang and seventh graders Amanda Huang, Aneesha Kumra, Allison Wang, and Owen Zhou. Also featured will be percussionists Josh Park and Adam Wacks. Mr. John Conte provides additional piano accompaniment for the choruses.