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Rock around the Christmas tree with S-GI concert

SPRINGVILLE — On Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., the Springville-Griffith Institute Middle School music department will present its annual winter concert. The concert will feature the middle school concert band, chorus and string orchestra. It 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. Their segment will begin with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Baroque chorale, “A Mighty Fortress.” Next will be Eric Osterling’s “Dorchester March,” followed by band composer Robert W. Smith’s piece “The Tempest.” The band will close with “Hark! The Herald Trumpets Swing,” a contemporary arrangement by Mark Williams.

The concert will continue with the chorus, under the direction of Katherine Cummings. The singers will begin with “Noel! Sing Noel!,” which is based on a traditional Nigerian folk song. Next will be “Lullaby on the Wind,” an original piece, with the melody of “Silent Night” interwoven. The chorus will close with “Jingle Bell Rock,” a new arrangement of the 1957 classic.

The string orchestra will close the program, under the direction of Scott Roudebush. It will begin with a traditional British folk song entitled “Shepherd’s Hey.” Next will be “Chorale and Minuet,” by Bach. “Time Trial,” a contemporary work for strings, will be followed by “Candy Cane Christmas,” a medley of seasonal tunes.

Prior to the concert, there will be a performance by the middle school jazz band, starting at 6:45 p.m.

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