Concerts bringing joy to the world of Northwood

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Decking the concert hall with music, the winter concerts lifted holiday spirits, featuring Northwood’s choir, orchestra and band ensembles from Dec. 4-6.

Kicking the week off was the vocal concert that featured all classes, including Treble, Bel Canto, Bass, Concert Chorale, Viva Cantar and Chamber. Performances included some some classic holiday tunes such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Coventry Carol” and more modern ones including “Let It Go,’ performed by a combined Viva Cantar and Treble Clef.

Audience members especially enjoyed this year’s concert, and many noticed how the ensembles had developed since the beginning of the year.

“The performances were really moving,” junior Heather Kim said, “It’s amazing to see how much the members of the choral program have improved and progressed since the last informance concert in the beginning of the year.”

Wednesday’s performances featured the instrumental program’s Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Concert Orchestra and Wind Symphony performing pieces such as the dramatic and fiery “Vesuvius” and classic holiday-spirited pieces such as “Laughing All The Way” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

“It was a great experience overall with fun spins on iconic Christmas songs,” Wind Ensemble clarinetist junior Ashwin Jagadish said. “I really enjoyed the concert and the audience could really see the amount of effort each music student put in. The familiarity of iconic Christmas tunes and the unique styles resonated with all ages.”

The concert series concluded on Thursday with performances from the instrumental program’s String Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony. Festive pieces including “Festival of Lights,” “Christmas Song” and “Polar Express Medley” brought the holiday season aglow, along with more difficult pieces such as “Air and Simple Gifts” to highlight the instrumental talent at Northwood.The concert ended with a combined piece between Philharmonic Orchestra and Wind Symphony’s chamber group—the uplifting, joyous “Christmas Festival.”

“This year’s concert was very well prepared and performed with an incredibly enthusiastic holiday spirit. I think that the audience was definitely able to feel the joy and emotion the performers shared,” Philharmonic violinist sophomore Mengshu Zhang said.  

The highlights of the winter concerts were showcased in the Winter Gala on Dec. 14, featuring the Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Singers, Viva Cantar, Concert Chorale, Jazz I and Wind Symphony.