Camden Hills Regional High School Band and Choirs to Perform Winter Concert

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CAMDEN—The orchestras and choirs of Camden Hills Regional High School will perform an in-person concert on December 13 at 7 p.m. If necessary, a snow date has been set for December 15th. The concert is free and open to the public. Spectators will be asked to remain masked throughout the evening.

After a year without winter concerts or holiday songs, the young musicians are delighted to be performing live again for an audience. The concert will feature both holiday and secular tunes covering a wide variety of musical genres. The concert will open with the CHRHS choir 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 a new choral piece called “Where the Light Begins” by Susan LaBarr and Jan Richardson. The Chamber Singers will open with the traditional “Irish Blessing” and end with “Earth Song”, an a cappella piece by Frank Ticheli.

During a brief intermission, while the stage is reset for the instrumental part, the student-led a cappella ensemble “Fortissima” will perform some vacation selections at the Wave Café.

The instrumental part of the concert will begin with the CHRHS Jazz Band performing “Blues for Percy”. Composed by Maine composer Terry White, “Blues for Percy” is an uptempo blues scene loaded with improvisation and an energetic chorus. Things will change a bit with the introduction of “Theme from Barney Miller”, from the 1970s TV series “Barney Miller”. The jazz group will complete their performance with “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) and a very fast performance of “Theme from the Flintstones”, featuring many performers from the CHRHS Jazz Band.

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

The concert will conclude with the combined groups and choirs performing holiday favorites such as “Winter Wonderland” and “Joy to the World”. The concert is free and open to the public. Choirs and groups encourage members of the public to bring a canned voucher for donation to area food banks. Members of the public are reminded to remain masked and socially aloof. For more information, email Kim Murphy at [email protected]


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