WARREN, NJ - Student musicians and singers at Watchung Hills Regional High School will present two annual Holiday Concerts: At 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec 10, for the instrumental music; and at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, for choral music, both in the school’s Performing Arts Center.
The public is invited to join students and their families to get into the holiday spirit at either or both concert. Both programs are free, and will feature popular seasonal selections, including instrumental selections by Padilla, Menotti and Vivaldi, and choral selections, including “Amazing Grace,” “What a Wonderful World,” and “Blackbird,’ as well as a medley of Disney songs, and selections from Mozart’s “Requiem.”
Performing at the instrumental concert will be performances by Brass in Black, the Jazz ensemble, as well as the String Orchestra, the Concert Band, and the Wind Ensemble.
Among the selections on the program will be: “El Relicario,” by Jose Padilla; “Sheperd's Dance,” by Gian Carlo Menotti; “Allegro for Cello and String Orchestra,” by Antonio Vivaldi; “Emperata Overture,” by Claude T. Smith; “English Folk Song Suite,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and selections from “Capriol Suite,” by Peter Warlock.
Performing at the choral concert will be: Student soloist Dana Caron welcoming in the audience with holiday music starting at about 6:45 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. with the Chorus performing: “Amazing Grace/Pachelbel's Canon,” featuring flutist John Ray; “What a Wonderful World,” featuring student soloists and trumpet player Emmaline Stoddard; and The Beatles' classic, “Blackbird.”
The concert will also feature the Advanced Choir singing, among other selections: A Disney medley, featuring several soloist students, in anticipation of the choir’s trip to DisneyWorld Wednesday, Jan. 7, to Sunday, Jan. 11; Rutter's “For the Beauty of the Earth; “The Prayer,” again featuring student soloists; and “Confutatis” from Mozart's “Requiem.”
The concert will also include three senior soloists who will perform select and meaningful songs of their choice.
Carnations and Watchung Hills Choir magnets will be for sale following the concert, with proceeds to benefit the music program. There will also be refreshments available following the concert.
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