Holiday concert features 4 choirs

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002

Holiday favorites and music from around the world will be showcased in the Juneau-Douglas High School Choral Extravaganza next week.

The concert with the jazz choir, the treble choir, the men's chorus and the concert choir will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. The high school string quartet also will play a few selections. Because of the remodeling at the high school, the concert will be at Northern Light United Church, 400 11th St.

Barbara Wilmot will direct the choirs. Wilmot has served as a school music teacher and community choir director in Juneau and Anchorage for many years. She taught last year at Gastineau Elementary School, and this marks her first year as JDHS choir director. She's impressed by her students.

"They're all very good musicians and learn quickly," she said.

Wilmot said the men's chorus will begin the program with the rousing song "Troika," based on a traditional Russian folk song, followed by the Thomas Tallis Canon of 1565. It will be followed by "O Christmas Tree," translated from the German folk tune "O Tannenbaum." The men's chorus will finish with "Hiney Mah Tov," a spirited Hebrew folk tune.

The treble choir will perform second and open with the traditional number "Dona Nobis Pacem." It will be followed by "Celebrate a Happy Hanukkah," the contemporary piece "The Snow Has a Song," and a medley of holiday selections including, "Let It Snow," "Silver Bells" and "Sleigh Ride."

The jazz choir will perform "Winter Wonderland," "The Christmas Song" by Mel Torme, "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin, and "There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas."

The JDHS string quartet will perform a few selections.

The concert choir will conclude the program with five selections: "Deck The Halls," a Welsh carol, "Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light," and "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach, a 16th century French carol "Ding Dong Merrily on High," and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from "Messiah" by George Frideric Handel.

Pianist and piano instructor Sue Kazama will be the accompanist for men's, jazz and concert choirs. Senior music student Megan Clough will accompany the treble choir.

A reception at the church with all the choirs will follow the concert. There is no charge for the concert but donations will be accepted to assist the JDHS choral program.

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