Camden Hills Regional High School band and choruses to present Winter Concert

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CAMDEN—Camden Hills Regional High School bands and choruses will present a live, in-person concert December 13 at 7 p.m.  If needed, a snow date has been set for December 15. The concert is free and open to the public. Audience members will be asked to remain masked through the entire evening.

After a year without winter concerts or holiday singing, the young musicians are excited to perform live for an audience again. The concert will feature both holiday and secular tunes covering a wide variety of musical genres. The concert will open with the CHRHS Chorale singing the traditional South African freedom song: “Tshotsholoza” with the solo sung by Joshua Kohlstrom. 

Additional selections include “Star of Bethlehem” by John Williams and “Seal Lullaby” by Eric Whitacre. The CHRHS Treble Choir will perform the traditional “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and new piece for chorus titled “Where the Light Begins” by Susan LaBarr and Jan Richardson. The Chamber Singers will open with the traditional “Irish Blessing” and close with “Earth Song,” an a cappella piece by Frank Ticheli.

During a brief intermission, while the stage is reset for the instrumental portion, the student-led a cappella ensemble “Fortissima” will perform a couple of holiday selections in the Wave Café.

The instrumental portion of the concert will kick off with the CHRHS Jazz Band performing “Blues for Percy.” Composed by Maine composer Terry White, “Blues for Percy” is an uptempo blues chart loaded with improvisation and an energetic shout chorus. Things will switch gears a bit with the introduction of “Theme from Barney Miller,” from the 1970’s television series “Barney Miller.” The jazz band will round out their performance with “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) and a very brisk performance of the “Theme from the Flintstones,” featuring many of the performers from the CHRHS Jazz Band. 

The Concert Band will perform a transcription from the finale of Dvorak’s “Symphony No.9.” A Frank Tichelli ballad entitled “Boundless River,” followed by Randall Standridge’s “Affirmation,” a piece written about peace, love, and music will conclude the instrumental part of the program.

The concert will conclude with the combined bands and choruses performing holiday favorites such as “Winter Wonderland” and “Joy to the World.” The concert is free and open to the public. The choruses and bands encourage audience members to bring one canned good for donation to area food banks. Audience members are reminded to remain masked, and socially distant. For more information, email Kim Murphy at kim.murphy@fivetowns.net.

 

Event Date: 

Mon, 12/13/2021 - 7:00pm