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Springville-Griffith Institute middle school concert

The Springville-Griffith Institute Middle School music department will present its annual winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

The concert will feature the middle school concert band, chorus and orchestra. The concert will be held in the middle school gymnasium and is free and open to the public.

The program will begin with the concert band, under the direction of Joseph Gervase. The group will begin with “Cedar Valley March” by Steve Hodges. Next will be Johnnie Vinson’s “Variants on a Shaped Note Tune,” based on medieval composing styles. The band will close with “The Maelstrom,” a piece by band composer Robert W. Smith.

The concert will continue with the chorus, under the direction of Katherine Cummings. The chorus will begin with Earlene Rentz’s “Sleigh Bells,” which is based on a Russian folk song. Next will be “Closer to the Flame,” written, in the style of an American folk song, by David Lantz III. “Salvation is Created,” by Russian composer Pavel Tschesnokoff, will be followed by “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch,” based on the Dr. Seuss book.

The orchestra will close the program, under the direction of Scott Roudebush. It will begin with a contemporary work by Brian Balmages entitled “Afterburn.” Next will be selections from Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet “The Nutcracker,” including “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy” and “Trepak.” The orchestra will end its segment with Richard Meyer’s “Rockin’ Up the Housetop.”

Prior to the concert, there will be a performance by the Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of Karen Jurkowski, starting at 6:45 p.m.


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