Christmas concert kicks off holiday season

by Julia Hingorani

One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is by listening to the joyful songs that play everywhere during the month of December.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, the Concert Choir, the Select Women’s Choir, orchestra, handbells and band classes performed an array of songs in two separate concerts to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season. This annual event was free and open to the public. This musical tradition was the perfect way to get the Marian community into the holiday spirit.

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Hallelujah Chorus The alums of Marian join the choir, band and orchestra on stage to sing Handel’s masterpiece. Although they have graduated, alums still remember and enjoy participating in this tradition.

The concert was held in the Performing Arts Center Kish Auditorium, which also holds events such as the fall musicals and spring plays.

Songs performed included “Carol of the Bells” by Leontovich, “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” by Tchaikovsky and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Felciano.

A crowd favorite traditionally performed last was the Hallelujah Chorus from “The Messiah” by George Frideric Handel, arranged by Bryceson Treharne. Marian alums were invited to join the choir and musicians on stage to sing this classic. This opportunity allowed graduates to remember their time at Marian while singing a holiday favorite.

“It just brings back old memories. I knew the Hallelujah Chorus senior year, I just forgot it since then so it was nice to come back and remember it,” Nikki Rhoades ’17 said.

_DSC0114Both choirs performed as separate ensembles for this concert. The orchestra and band accompanied the choirs for the final song. However, they had their own performances directed by instrumental teacher, Mr. Paul Niedbalski. Niedbalski even arranged one of the songs for the combined band and orchestra to perform.

Music director and choir teacher Ms. Lauren Morrissey conducted the choir and pianist Mr. Tim DiBlasi accompanied the songs. “Without the two of them, the Christmas Concert wouldn’t be possible,” junior Olivia Hess said.

“We spend time listening to different arrangements of the music Marian has purchased in the past. The arrangements turn out to be different every year,” Morrissey said.

Musicians and vocalists agreed that the time and effort given in the classroom helped them perfect their performances for the concert. Assistant to the Principal Mrs. Michelle Delisi also helped out as a stage manager to make sure the concert ran smoothly.

_DSC0086“The students have been preparing for the concert since the beginning of November,” Morrissey said. This shows the dedication students have to making sure the songs are polished.

The seasonal array of songs performed provided a celebration to launch the Christmas season for many.

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