“At long last,” was a familiar phrase heard on the Middle and Upper School campuses as our chorus and band programs held their holiday concerts. MKA students, families, faculty, and staff joined together to celebrate and share in the magic of the holiday season.
The Upper School Winter Chorus Concert was one of the program's most exciting and well-attended concerts held in Weiss Auditorium. Chamber Singers and Concert Choir sang a few holiday favorites and classical pieces dating back to the 1500’s, and then they ended with a contemporary favorite, “You Will Be Found,” which featured four spectacular soloists from Chamber Singers. The newly founded Jazz Choir performed Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train” as well as a jazz ballad, and this group demonstrated harmonic and rhythmic skill with their advanced harmonies and scat solos. Remix A Cappella made a return to live performances with outstanding soloists and ensemble work. [VIEW PHOTOS]
Returning to the stage for the first time in two years, the Upper School Chamber Ensembles, Concert Band, and Jazz Band performed works by Henry Purcell, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, and Victor Lopez as well as music from The Greatest Showman and much more. [VIEW PHOTOS]
The Middle School Choirs were back on stage to perform their annual winter concert. Mr. Anderson and choir students in grades 6-8 performed a varied concert program focusing on the joys of singing and the importance of unity and togetherness. [VIEW PHOTOS]
The Middle School Band finally returned to the stage for the annual Winter Concert and performed a program that included music from the Medieval period, the Middle East, Appalachia, and Africa. Fourth graders began the program with music about popcorn popping, and the eighth graders ended the program with the Swing era hit, "Sing, Sing, Sing." All of the bands played their hearts out. [VIEW PHOTOS]
All of the performances were magical because of the great energy and joy in Weis and Logan Auditoriums. Senior Natalie Morral summed it up for everyone when she said, “We used to take having a concert for granted but now we don’t, and we are so excited to be able to perform again.”