Annual holiday concert at Camden Hills

Dec 04, 2019
Photo by: Marti Stone Photography The Camden Hills Regional High School bands and choirs perform their annual Holiday Concert Dec. 16.

Rockport — On Monday, Dec. 16, the Camden Hills Regional High School bands and choirs perform their annual Holiday Concert. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium, 25 Keelson Dr. Groups to be featured include the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chorale, Women’s Choir and Chamber Singers.

The CHRHS choruses, under the direction of Kimberly Murphy and accompanied by Matt Mainster, will present a variety of musical selections. Chorale will perform the Nigerian carol "Betelehemu," the Hebrew love song "Erev Shel Shoshanim," and additional winter-themed pieces. Chamber Singers will present a variety of carols, including the German "Still, Still, Still" and the Italian carol "Dormi, Dormi." The Treble Choir selections will include the 16th-century English "Coventry Carol" and traditional Portuguese folk song "Olare." The ensembles will combine with members of the CHRHS Jazz Band to perform an arrangement of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."

During intermission, audience members will have a chance to hear the student-led ensembles Fortissima and Off Beats.

The instrumental portion of the concert will be directed by Nancy Rowe. The CHRHS Jazz Band will be performing a jazz version of "'Tis the Season" and “Santa Baby,” featuring senior vocalist Annabel Parker. The ensemble will also be performing in a swing tune entitled "Kick It" by Doug Beach.

The CHRHS Concert Band will be performing a rendition of "Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming" combined with "Joy of Man’s Desiring" entitled “The Joyful Rose of Winter." The ensemble will also be performing "Fantasy on Deck the Hall," as well as “Groove Music," featuring the percussion section. The band will conclude with “When St. Nick Comes Marching In," a New Orleans holiday celebration featuring a Dixieland quintet. Student soloists in the quintet are Katherine O’Brien on trumpet, Jay Hokkanen on trombone, Grace Iltis on clarinet, Caleb Wight on tuba, and Ruben Feldman on drums.

The concert will culminate with an audience “Sing-A-Long” of popular holiday carols.

The concert will be preceded by the Empty Bowl dinner in the Wave Café from 5 to 7 p.m. The snow date for both events is Wednesday, Dec. 18. Admission to the concert is a suggested donation of non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.

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