Grades 4–8 Holiday Concert

DSC_1080 On December 17, the Great Hall at the Upper School echoed with sounds of holiday spirit. Students in grades 4–8 delighted families, faculty, and staff with songs old and new, providing a special start to the season for all. Various bands, choruses, and orchestras took turns performing songs of different traditions, with all groups coming together at the end of the night.

“I think this concert really stretched our students and showed that they are capable of amazing things when they trust each other and work to their potential,” said Adam Judd, dean of Performing Arts and vocal director. “I love how ‘Turn the World Around’ ended the show by uniting Upper School with Lower School, instruments with voices, reflection with celebration, and courage with cooperation.”

Afterward, audience and performers were invited to share a cocoa and a selection of desserts prepared and served by the Ross Café staff.

Congratulations and thank you to all performers for a spectacular evening!

View pics of the Grades 4–8 holiday concert.

PROGRAM

Concert Band, Grades 4–6 “Kings from the East” ....................................... arr. Mark Williams “Holiday Array” .................................................... arr. Kevin Mixon

Chorus, Grades 7–8 Nerot Dolkim” ... attr. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)

String Orchestra, Grades 4–6 “To a Wild Rose” ....................... Edward MacDowell (1860–1908) “Can Can” .................................. Jaques Offenbach (1819–1880)

Lower School Chorus “A Song for Hanukkah” ........................................... K. Hitzemann “We Are the World” ............................... M. Jackson and L. Richie

String Orchestra, Grades 7–8 Celtic Suite ................................................ arr. Kathy L. Fishburn 1. “Bonnie Doone” 2. “Minstrel Boy” “Spin, Dreidel, Spin” ............................... arr. Andrew Dabczynski “Fiddles on Fire” ..................................................... Mark Williams

Recorders, Grades 4–6 “Silent Night” ...................................... Franz Gruber (1787–1863) “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” ......... Benjamin R. Hanby (1833–1867)

Concert Band, Grades 7–8 “Hanukkah Begins Tonight” ............................. Arr. Stephen Bulla “Santa Baby” .............................. Joan Javits, Philip Springer and Tony Springer; arr. Michael Story

Lower School Students, Grades 4–6 “Here Comes the Snow” ............................................ T. Jennings

All Students, Grades 4–8 “Turn the World Around” ........... Harry Belafonte; arr. Adam Judd