Camden Hills presents holiday concert

Nov 30, 2018
Photo by: Marti Stone It takes a big stage to handle the music department students of Camden Hills Regional High School, and Strom Auditorium has one.

Rockport — The CHRHS Bands and Choirs will perform their annual holiday concert Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, Keelson Drive off Route 90. 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 student teacher Saphrona Stetson; and accompanied by Matt Mainster, will present a variety of musical selections. Chorale will perform the Hebrew "Ose Shalom," an arrangement of one of the “Carmina Burana” poems, "Circa Mea," and a holiday medley "Home for the Holidays." Chamber Singers will present works by Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo and Craig Hella Johnson. Women's Choir selections include "Dona Nobis Pacem," "La Nana" and the holiday classic "Pat-a-Pan."

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

The instrumental portion of the concert will be directed by Nancy Rowe. CHRHS Jazz Band will perform “Swingle Bells” featuring Simon Fedarko on tenor sax. Grace Iltis, Noah Vix and Kat O’brien will be the featured soloists in the Charlie Brown favorite “Christmas Time is Here.” The ensemble also will perform a New Orleans-style groove in “Kick It’ featuring Andrew Orne, Myles Kelley and Simon Fedarko.

CHRHS Concert Band will perform an African rendition of “Holy Night” featuring the percussion section, as well as “A Solitary Wish.” This piece utilizes the Ukrainian Bell Carol to tell the story of the homeless during the holiday season. The Concert Band will conclude with a programmatic work titled “Iron & Ice: A Viking Adventure,” representing the Nordic heroes of old.

The concert will culminate with a combined presentation of “White Christmas,” followed by an audience sing-along of popular holiday carols.

Admission to the concert is a suggested donation of non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. The concert will be preceded by the Empty Bowl dinner in the Wave Café from 5 to 7 p.m. Snow date for both events is Monday, Dec. 17.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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