MICDS Musicians Fill the Winter Season With Melodies

Winter Masterworks Concert

Last December, the Upper School Choirs presented their 11th annual Winter Masterworks Concert led by Dana Self, Director of Choirs. Due to popularity, there were two identical performances in Orthwein Theatre.

The choir, accompanied by a professional orchestra, performed works by George Frideric Handel, including his famous Coronation Anthems No. 1 & 2 (Zadok the Priest and The King Shall Rejoice), For Unto Us A Child is Born (from Messiah), and Hallelujah, Amen (from Judas Maccabeus). This year marks the 300th anniversary of Joy to the World, which many credit Handel for composing. In celebration of this special anniversary, the choirs performed John Rutter’s arrangement of this popular carol.

The students rounded out the concert with a few holiday favorites: Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, Deck the Hall and a new arrangement of Winter Wonderland, complete with a surprise that delighted the audience. It’s not often that snow flies in Orthwein Theatre!

As is tradition, the choir invited the alums and adults in the audience to join in singing the Hallelujah Chorus at the end of the concert. “It’s exciting to see students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni on stage singing together,” said Mr. Self. “I hope our evening of wonderful music put everyone in the holiday spirit.”

Please enjoy a wonderful rendition of Winter Wonderland, a holiday classic from 1934 written by Felix Bernard and lyricist Richard Bernhard Smith.

Winter Strings Concert

Beautiful music sounded through Brauer Hall at the Winter Strings Concert. This two-part concert featured the Lower and Middle School Strings Programs followed by the Upper School Strings Ensemble. Led by MICDS Strings Faculty Mr. David Doherty and Mrs. Erin Hamill, the concert was the first performance in the second year of the MICDS Strings Program.

Selections for the concert ranged from classics and holiday tunes to Romanian folk dance music and concertos. The Lower and Middle School Beginning String Ensembles kicked off the night with six pieces including Twinkle, Twinkle arranged by Terry Shade and Jeremy Woolstenhulme, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and Plucking Open Strings from the String Basics Book 1. The Middle School Intermediate String Ensemble performed Jingle Bells, Oh Hannukah and Angels We Have Heard on High, getting the audience into the holiday spirit. Closing out the evening, the Upper School String Ensemble performed pieces from Mozart, Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corell before finishing off with a series of Béla Bartók’s Rumanian folk dance songs.

Winter Band Concert

The Middle and Upper School bands treated a packed Orthwein Theatre to a variety of musical compositions at the annual Winter Band Concert.

The 6th and 7th Grade Beginning Bands kicked off the evening with a demonstration, before launching into renditions of My Dreidel, Jolly Old St. Nick, Dragonfire and Blizzard Blues. Then the 7th Grade Advanced Band took the stage and performed Intensity, English Folk Trilogy and Majestica.

After their performance, the 6th and 7th grade musicians joined the 8th Grade and Upper School bands in the Upper School Dining Hall for fun, fellowship, pizza and cookies between performances.

The 8th Grade Band then filled the stage in Orthwein Theatre to perform Coldwater Crossing and Pyramid of the Sun, before ceding the spotlight to the Upper School Band for Sheherazade, And Hold in Memory, Fantastic Journey and Sleigh Ride. Finally, the 8th Graders joined their Upper School peers for Beyond the Seven Hills, a wonderful way to end an evening filled with musical treats.

Becky Long, Band Director, said, “We are very proud of all our students have accomplished this fall! It was a wonderful evening of showcasing talent and celebrating our musicians.”

Enjoy the Middle School Band’s performance of Coldwater Crossing.