Band, choirs are busy preparing Christmas concert Jason Kim

For many, the PC Christmas Concert is one of the important events of the Christmas season. The concert is scheduled for 7:00, Tuesday, Dec 17, and the band and choirs have been busy preparing. “The concert centers around advent and the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. The audience will be invited to join in singing a number of familiar carols as well,” said choir director Timothy Van Voorst.

For advent, Cantabile performances will include “Waiting for a King” and “Keep Your Lamps.” The Concert Choir will sing four pieces:”Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” “Long-Expected Dawn,” “O Magnum Mysterium,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.” In addition, the Concert Choir, Cantabile and the Band will work together as one for “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah and invite the audience to sing along.

A collaboration of band and choirs is traditional each year. They put a lot of effort in their practice for the Christmas Concert. “I am really proud of the concert choir’s work on “O Magnum Mysterium” by Tomás Lois de Victoria. It is a polyphonic Renaissance-era piece that is very challenging, but the choir is progressing well,” Van Voorst said.

Two of the pieces concert band will perform are “It Came Upon a Coventry Carol,” “Breath of Heaven.” Band students are also looking forward to performing “Brazilian Bell Carol,” a “fast, exciting piece” that features the percussion section playing some authentic Brazilian instruments.

Band director Autumn Bennett’s person favorite is the familiar contemporary Christmas song “Breath of Heaven.” “There is a beautiful vibraphone part played by (junior percussionist) Tessa Brouwer that is featured prominently in the piece. It is also challenging because of the nature of slower songs and tuning issues that arise with a song like “Breath of Heaven,” she said.

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