Warwick’s holiday show is this weekend

By on December 7, 2016

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The Warwick High School music department will present its annual holiday choir and orchestra concert this weekend, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m., in the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center.

This free, community program will feature the Warwick High School concert choir, holiday, winter, and production companies; and the Warwick High School symphony orchestra. Directors for the show include: Debra A. Kline-Smith, director of choirs; and Ann M. Ahlers, orchestra director.

This year’s show is 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,” said Kline-Smith. “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.

Senior members of the WHS production company include (left to right) Ryan Guinter, Kylie Funk, Zoey Winters, Bricen Standish, Ryan Miller, Hannah Scheming, Macaylah Mutchler, and Micah Kuch. (Photos by Stan Hall)

Senior members of the WHS production company include (left to right) Ryan Guinter, Kylie Funk, Zoey Winters, Bricen Standish, Ryan Miller, Hannah Scheming, Macaylah Mutchler, and Micah Kuch. (Photos by Stan Hall)

“The sets will remind you of some favorite scenes from Holiday greeting cards,” she explained. “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.”

Song selections from the orchestra will include “Overture to Miracle on 34th Street,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, and selections from “Frozen.”

The various choral ensembles are set to perform “Christmas is Coming,” “Glow,” and “Christmas Children.” The concert will conclude 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 together on stage for a collective and powerful finale.

A holiday tea will be 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 supporting the arts in Warwick School District.

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