WHS choirs, orchestra present holiday concert

By on December 7, 2011

The WHS Music Department will put on its annual holiday concert this weekend at the high school auditorium.The WHS Music Department will put on its annual holiday concert this weekend at the high school auditorium.

The choirs and orchestra of the Warwick High School Music Department will present their annual holiday concert, "Forever Christmas," this weekend.

The performances will be held Dec.10 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in the high school’s Performing Arts Center, 301 W. Orange St.

The concert features the Concert Choir, Holiday, Winter, and Production companies and the Symphony Orchestra. Directors for the show include Debra A. Kline-Smith, Director of Choirs and Ann M. Ahlers, Orchestra Director

This year’s program is themed "Forever Christmas" to celebrate the anticipating child in all of us. The program will take a look at the Christmas season as seen through the eyes of a child.

According to Mrs. Kline-Smith, "If you look at things through the eyes of a child, it will forever be Christmas. If we lose the desire to believe, then the magic is gone. Nothing compares to that feeling of anticipation, of waiting for Santa to come on Christmas Eve."

"The Holiday season began in September for our Warwick High School music students," Kline-Smith continued. "This group brings a lot of talent and enthusiasm to the stage. They have been very dedicated in their practices. I am so pleased with their efforts."

The concert features traditional holiday songs with an upbeat, modern flare. It also incorporates a hometown feel, using several Lititz locations — including a train, a roof top, and recognizable real-life buildings and shops — in the scenery and backdrops.

As always, alumni and friends of Warwick High School are invited and encouraged to join the choirs on stage for the finale — the ongoing, annual tradition of singing G.F. Handel’s "Hallelujah Chorus."

Tickets are not required for the show. Admission is free; however, a free-will offering will be accepted to help defray the cost of the production. Call 626-3700 for more information.

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