The annual Christmas Concert is coming up this Tuesday, December 12. Like every year, the school choir and band take their time to prepare a night full of holiday cheer and amazing music performed by our students. They all worked very hard since the beginning of the school year, and this night will show off their dedicated work combined with the excitement of the holidays being right around the corner.
In previous years, Berks has collaborated with other schools to perform music with a much fuller sound, to it and therefore allowing the audience to have a great experience. This year, students from West-Mont Christian Academy will be joining our choir and band for the Christmas concert.
Having the West-Mont students join in during rehearsals has been a good experience so far. Band percussionist, Drew Keylor (senior) said, “I’ve enjoyed having the West-Mont band accompanying us mainly because we sound incredible all together and they are easy to get along with.” If this is just rehearsals, the concert will definitely be even better.
The choir and band have been practicing a couple of the same pieces. One of these is “A Festive Christmas Celebration” which includes four well known Christmas songs. This piece, along with “Hallelujah Chorus” and “Brazilian Sleigh Bells,” will be performed by both bands combined.
The choir will be performing “Carol of the Bells,” “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen,” “Hope for Resolution,” and the entirety of “A Festive Christmas Celebration.” Yonelyn Angeles (10th), a member of the choir, said, “I’m excited for the concert because the music is really fun to sing and is great for Christmas.”
This night is always a good time for parents, students, and friends to come together and remember what Christmas is really all about through the music. In doing so, the students also get to show their hard work throughout the months and can put on a great performance for the glory of God and for others to be able to enjoy as well. It has been a great experience working along with the West-Mont choir and band as well, and hopefully many people can come to appreciate this as much as the students do!