In preparation for holiday festivities, students in the chorus, band and orchestra programs will perform a talent showcase, The Holiday Pops Concert, for the first time tomorrow.
Over 300 students will perform at the show. As the event is entirely student-run, technical theater students will work the lights and sound.
Each group prepared independently for the performance throughout the school year but practiced collectively for the first time on Tuesday.
“The hardest part about preparing for the show is perfecting every little detail, so the audience sees a professional show. We plan so everything moves quickly. Our main focus is making sure everything looks polished,” chorus teacher Abigail Noble said.
The ensembles play songs of their own, but they will collaborate on music to create a Christmas medley. For example, the wind ensemble plans to play “Sleigh Ride” and “Seal Lullaby” for the individual performance, while the jazz band will showcase songs such as “Santa Baby” and “White Christmas.” For a joint presentation, jazz band and chorus will play “Jingle Bells” together.
“I am really looking forward to being able to show the parents what they can expect from our program this year because it is our first performance in a concert setting. I cannot wait to play music that they will enjoy and recognize, too,” band member and junior Adam Labovitz said.
At the end of the show, all three groups will cooperatively perform “The Christmas Festival Medley.”
“My favorite part of the final song is when we all play “Silent Night.” It is really beautiful and melodic,” orchestra member and sophomore Christina Curenton said.
The show will begin at 3 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets cost $10 and attendees can purchase them at the door. The ensembles will split the profits evenly to benefit the performing arts program.