ROCKPORT — The Camden Hills Regional High School bands and choirs will be performing in their annual Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 in the Strom Auditorium, 25 Keelson Drive. The concert will feature the concert band, jazz band, chorale, women’s choir and chamber singers.
The CHRHS Choruses, under the direction of Kimberly Murphy, student teacher Saphrona Stetson, and accompanied by Matt Mainster, will present a variety of musical selections. Chorale will perform the Hebrew “Ose Shalom”, an arrangement of one of the Carmina Burana poems “Circa Mea” and a holiday medley “Home for the Holidays.” Chamber Singers will present works by Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo and Craig Hella Johnson. Women’s Choir selections will include “Dona Nobis Pacem,” “La Nana” and the holiday classic: “Pat-a-Pan.”
During Intermission audience members will have a chance to hear the student-led ensembles: Fortissima and Off Beats.
The instrumental portion of the concert will be directed by Nancy Rowe. The CHRHS Jazz Band will be performing “Swingle Bells” featuring Simon Fedarko on tenor sax. Grace Iltis, Noah Vix and Kat O’Brien will be the featured soloists in the Charlie Brown rendition of “Christmas Time is Here.” The ensemble will also be performing in a New Orleans style groove entitled “Kick It’ featuring Andrew Orne, Myles Kelley and Simon Fedarko.
The CHRHS Concert Band will be performing an African rendition of “Holy Night”, featuring the percussion section, as well as “A Solitary Wish.” This piece utilizes the Ukrainian Bell Carol to tell the story of the homeless during the holiday season. The Concert Band will conclude with a programmatic work entitled “Iron & Ice: A Viking Adventure” representing the Nordic heroes of old.
The concert will culminate with a combined presentation of White Christmas followed by an audience “Sing-A-Long” of popular holiday carols.
The concert will be preceded by the Empty Bowl dinner in the Wave Café from 5-7 p.m. The snow date for both events is Monday, Dec. 17
Admission to the concert is a suggested donation of non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.