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WHS Holiday Concert Held

WHS Holiday Concert Held

Warwick HS Music Department Presented Holiday Show

The Warwick High School Music Department presented their Annual Holiday Choir and Orchestra Concert on December 10 and 11, 2016 in the school's Performing Arts Center to full-house audiences both nights. This free, community program featured the Warwick High School Concert Choir, Holiday, Winter, and Production Companies and the Warwick High School Symphony Orchestra. Directors for the show included: Mrs. Debra A. Kline-Smith, Director of Choirs and Mrs. Ann M. Ahlers, Orchestra Director.

This year's show was themed, “Holding On to Christmas…Embracing the Heart of the Season”.

“The music in this program is about holding onto and embracing the heart of the holiday season. As we reflect on the events of this past year, may the gifts of love and joy bring us hope for a new year of happiness in a world of peace, " said Mrs. Kline-Smith.

Mrs. Kline-Smith noted, “The sets will remind you of some favorite scenes from Holiday greeting cards. You will hear all different types of music in this year’s program - from traditional songs to more modern, less familiar pieces. I am hopeful that as we approach this new year, people will be inspired and see it as a time of rebirth - a time to reflect on the joy and hope of the season, with a message of a peace.”

She also joked, “You might leave the show thinking it’s very cold outside - there will be a lot of snow in this program.”

The Warwick High School’s Symphony Orchestra opened the program with “Overture to Miracle on 34th Street, followed by “From the Realms of Glory!”, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, and “A Christmas Festival” followed by String Synergy (a string ensemble group) performing “Eine Kleine Bell Musik” and “Music from Frozen”.

The Production Companies and the Concert Choir continued with “Christmas is Coming”, “Heaven Everywhere”, with the full Concert Choir singing “Glow”, “The Hope of Christmas" with soloist Lillian Durbin, “Don’t Save it All for Christmas Day”, and “What We All Want for Christmas is Peace”, a vocal duet by Macaylah Mutchler and Ryan Miller.

The Production Company continued with, “Christmastime”, “Holding On to Christmas”, with soloist Hannah Schmeling. Following a 15 minute intermission the Production Company continued with a “Christmastime is Here” medley, with soloists Zoey Winters, Madison Felpel, and Daniel Bjanes, “Home for Christmas, with soloists Amelia Fair, Lauren Epps, and Micah Kuch, and “Christmas Children.”

The concert concluded with the traditional singing of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”, in which all alumni and friends of Warwick High School are invited and encouraged to join in singing together on stage for a collective and powerful finale.

A Holiday Tea was served in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center following the performance to celebrate the season and to serve as a thank you from the students, staff, and Warbler’s parent group for the community support of the arts in Warwick School District.

The Warwick High School concert will air on Blue Ridge, Cable Channel 11 on the following dates:
Sunday Dec 18th
9:30 PM:  Warwick HS Christmas Concert
Friday Dec 23rd
7:00 PM:  Warwick HS Christmas Concert
Sunday December 25th
6:00 PM:  Warwick HS Christmas Concert
Tuesday December 27th
8:00 PM: Warwick HS Christmas Concert
It will on be on the BRC11 On Demand page under Specials.