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Winter concert opens Saturday WHS presents ‘A Shimmering Celebration of Joy’ Show times
The Warwick High School Music Department will present its annual Winter Holiday Choirs and Orchestra Concert this weekend.
Show times are set for Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in the high school’s Performing Arts Center. The production is free and open to the public.
The event features the Warwick High School Concert Choir, Holiday, Winter and Production companies, and the Warwick High School Symphony Orchestra. Debra A. Kline-Smith directs the choirs, and Ann M. Ahlers is the orchestra director.
"A Shimmering Celebration of Joy" is the theme of this year’s concert.
"This year’s program is about the magic and natural sparkle of snowfall," said Kline-Smith. "The ‘sparkle’ of the snow sets the mood for our celebration of ‘joy’."
The production is a mixture of youthful, upbeat songs like "Frosty the Snowman" and "Fa La La La La" (a Glee-like rendition); "Extraordinary Merry Christmas, a new, popular Christmas song; and traditional renditions from the timeless film "White Christmas."
"With the collection of songs in this production, incorporating new and old, there is something for everyone, " Kline-Smith added.
The holiday program will open with the WHS Orchestra performing a festive collection of tunes, including "A Most Wonderful Christmas," "Nutcracker Ballet: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," "Waltz of the Flowers," "A Mad Russian’s Christmas," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and "A Christmas Festival."
Next, String Synergy, a small string ensemble, will continue with "Season of Carols."
The Concert Choir will open the choral portion of the program with "White Christmas," "Believe" and "Sleigh Ride." From there, the Production Company will perform "Fa La La La La," "Extraordinary Merry Christmas," "Frosty the Snow Man" and "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
After a brief intermission, the Production Company will continue with a White Christmas Choral Medley, including "White Christmas" (with soloists Tyler Minnich and Alyssa Allwein), "Snow," "Sisters," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" (with soloist Alina Stephenson), "The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing" and "Blue Skies." They will be joined by the Holiday and Winter companies and the Concert Choir.
And, as always, alumni and friends of Warwick High School will be invited to join the choirs on stage for the finale — the ongoing annual tradition of singing G.F. Handel’s "Hallelujah Chorus" (from Messiah).
After the performances, join the students for refreshments in the lobby. Saturday-7:30 p.m.
Free admission More CONCERT, page A15