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December 10, 2011

A mix of holiday fare at upcoming concert

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The audience will "Have A Merry Little Christmas" sing-along at the end of the concert.

"We promise to have a special visitor," Langr said. "We always have Santa come at the end. Parents can bring kids down and take pictures and have a candy cane."

The Junior High Chorus performs "We Three Kings and All That Jazz," "Let it Snow/Winter Wonderland," "Jingle, Jolly Christmas," "Silent Night" and "Santa on the Housetop."

"'We Three Kings and All That Jazz' is a jazzy rendition of 'We Three Kings' with a rock 'n' roll part in the middle. In 'Let It Snow/Winter Wonderland,' in that piece we have two soloists (Sydney Pelton, Hannah McNally)," Yonteff said.

The Senior Chorus sings "This Little Babe," "Merry Christmas, Darling" and "African Noel."

"'This Little Babe,' by Benjamin Britten, is from a larger work called 'The Ceremony of Carols,'" Yonteff said. "It's usually performed at Christmas time by advanced children's choirs. It's a very impressive piece that breaks up in three parts of craziness. Students love to sing it, and they sing it very well."

"African Noel" will be performed a capella.

"A traditional piece, melody of 'African Noel' is placed in many different Christmas songs among the choral repertoire," Yonteff said. "It's rather challenging, and we will also have percussion instruments."

Email Robin Caudell at: rcaudell@pressrepublican.com

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