Archive for Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sounds of the season

December 17, 2009

Music brings joy to all of us and is an important part of our lives, especially with the Christmas and holiday season upon us. On Sunday, Dec. 13, we enjoyed the 14th Annual Community Christmas Concert at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Leavenworth. The four local schools that performed were the Lansing High School Concert Choir, Immaculata Select Choir, Pleasant Ridge High School Choir and Leavenworth High School Acappella Choir.

We have been to these concerts previously and always looked forward to the next one. It is always a thrill to see these beautiful young people perform. The boys were so handsome in their tuxedos and the girls looked lovely in their long black dresses.

Each school was introduced and while the choirs moved to the front of the church the audience along with the organist, Lester Dalton, sang "O Come All Ye Faithful," "The First Noel," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "Joy to the World." This resulted in a smooth transition while the choirs moved back and forth. The final song was “A Garland of Carols” that was a combination of all four schools that consisted of 129 students. It was lovely.

The Lansing Choir director was Jonnie Brice with Jennifer Manthe, accompanist, Immaculata’s director was Lauren Wilson who also was the accompanist. Pleasant Ridge director was Mrs. Jackie Miller and Mrs. Barbara Mathis was the accompanist. Leavenworth High’s Vocal music director was Connie Baxter with Judy Rounds,

accompanist. Leavenworth High’s tenor soloist was Lloyd Goodwin and Lansing High’s Percussion Ensemble were Emma Moreland, Ryan Dillon, Maigen Anderson, Kevin Danikowski and Riley Cooper. Lansing High School’s soloist was Abby Morey.

Our young students are so talented and their music lifted the spirits of everyone present. Please try to attend any musical program that you read about in our area. This concert was free of charge but everyone was asked to bring non perishable food and staple items for the needy in Leavenworth.

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