Bands, choirs prepare for upcoming Winter Concert

by Piper King/

An Arabian piece, a hymn, and non-traditional pieces will be showcased by band and choirs at PC’s Winter Concert on Thursday, February 27. 

The band’s highlight piece, according to band director Autumn Bennett, will be “Lightning Field,” by John Mackey. “This piece utilizes a large amount of percussion including (junior) Josiah Smith playing the piano. It depicts a lightning storm and has many interesting moments,” she said.

Concert Choir is singing a piece titled, Thy Will Be Done by Craig Courtney, a selection that fits the upcoming Easter season. “This piece is very dramatic and would be fitting for Good Friday or Easter as it tells the story of Jesus from his prayer in the garden of Gethsemane to the crucifixion to the resurrection,” said choir director Tim Van Voorst.

The music department has been busy preparing students for the upcoming concert. “The Winter Concert always comes up quickly after Winterim. It is the concert that we have the fewest rehearsal days to prepare for. Thankfully this year we have not had as many snow days as last year,” stated Van Voorst. 

With fewer practices, motivation is the key to keeping everybody excited about the concert. “I believe the music that we are playing keeps us motivated. It’s a joy to make music that is exciting and challenging. The students are definitely rising to the occasion and that keeps every day fresh,” said Bennett. 

The concert will end with band and both choirs performing Battle Hymn of the Republic along with any audience members who would like to join in with singing.

Other activities taking place that evening include an Individual Speech debut in the library at 5, a junior class soup supper at 5:30 – 6:45, and an art show exhibit in the Commons.

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