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Festive and Joyous Nights of Music at MKA’s Winter Concerts

Students, families, faculty, and staff joined together to celebrate and share in the magic of the holiday season during the Winter Concerts on each campus. 

A large crowd of parents, students, and faculty members gathered in Weiss Auditorium on Friday, December 1 for the Upper School Band Concert. The Jazz Band opened with a salsa arrangement of "Autumn Leaves" and then moved to the Stevie Wonder classic, "Isn't She Lovely," featuring vocal soloist, Katie Holzer. Following the rock tune, "Groove Merchant," the Jazz Band closed with vocalist May Slim singing Michael Buble's "Everything." The Concert Band played music from Africa, China, and Israel as well as a Halloween piece called "The Haunted Carousel" (complete with zombies!) and a Christmas medley in a funk style. [VIEW PHOTOS]

On Friday, December 8, the Upper School Choral Program held its Winter Concert to a packed house in Weiss Auditorium including alumni, families, faculty, friends, and current students. The concert featured exciting performances from the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Jazz Choir, Remix, and the Advanced String Ensemble. There were many highlights, among them a Duke Ellington song "It Don't Mean A Thing" from Jazz Choir where seven students improvised scat solos. Remix debuted a new student arrangement "Somebody to Love." Concert Choir performed with Chamber Singers in an a cappella "Carol of the Bells" as well as Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." "Last Christmas" featured a few soloists and all seventy students, and in the finale, Advanced Strings accompanied all singers for Handel's "Hallelujah." It was a festive and joyous night of music. [VIEW PHOTOS]

At the Middle School Winter Choral Concert on Wednesday, December 6, students filled Logan Auditorium with harmonious voices, creating a festive atmosphere that captivated everyone. Audience members enjoyed songs including ​​"Winter Wind" sung by students in fourth and fifth grade, "Ad Astra" sung by students in fifth through eighth grade, and "Moon Flight" sung by the eighth-grade chamber singers. Songs of peace, persistence, and joy celebrated the season's spirit and showcased the dedication and hard work of the talented young students at the Middle School. [VIEW PHOTOS]

On Wednesday, December 13 the Middle School Bands presented their Winter Concert in Logan Auditorium. The 40 members of the fourth grade band made their debut, sharing their newly acquired skills as instrumentalists with classic pieces like “Hot Cross Buns” and invited audience participation on Queen's “We Will Rock You.” The fifth grade band delighted those in attendance with Timothy Loest's “Attack of the Garden Gnomes,” which features unique stomping and shrieking moments in the score. The Eighth Grade band did a great rendition of Christina Huss's “As Spirits Soar,” and the Upper House Jazz Band took the crowd back to the seventies with Josef Zawinul's “Birdland”. The combined sixth and seventh grade bands showed off their talents tackling Vic Mizzy's “The Addams Family.” It was a great night full of music, joy, and laughter! [VIEW PHOTOS]

All students from the Primary School lifted their voices with joy and enthusiasm at the annual Winter Concert. The Brookside Bellringers led MKA's youngest voices by ringing "Season's Greetings" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?", and all grades sang individual pieces. The finale "Light a Candle for Peace" by Shelley Murley was highlighted by the passing of candles by the PS faculty, while the parents used their phone flashlights to light the room. The encore was a magnificent rendition of "Seven Feet of Snow." Held on the last day of school before winter break on Friday, December 22, the concert was a wonderful way to celebrate the season and begin a well-deserved vacation! [VIEW PHOTOS]