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Performing Arts Department Dazzles the Crowd at Christmas Concert

Performing Arts Department Dazzles the Crowd at Christmas Concert
St. Martin's Episcopal School department of performing arts presented its annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 7 in the school's Dan and Frances White Chapel. To the delight of hundreds of attendees, the concert featured performances by the Lower and Middle School Bands; the Lower School, Middle School, Upper School, and Faculty Choirs; and the Lower School handbell ensemble.
 
The combined choirs, under the direction of Dr. Louise LaBruyère, kicked off the festive evening with a performance of Angels’ Carol. The faculty choir performed two numbers, Coventry Carol and Nuttin’ for Christmas.
 
The Lower School band, under the direction of Matt Murray, then took the stage to perform a three-song set of Jingle Bells, My Dreydl, and Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. The Upper School choir performed a beautiful rendition of Carol of the Bells, which was followed by a french horn solo by Middle School student Clara Conaster.
 
The Lower School choir’s three-song set of African Angel Carol, Zion hört die Wächter singen, and Jingle Bells was followed by a set by the Handbell Ensemble. Handbell Director Peggy Fransen led the ensemble in performances of Angels from the Realms of Glory, Carol of the Bells, and O Come, All Ye Faithful.
 
The combined Middle and Upper School choirs performed Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella; Gebor’n ist Gottes Söhnelein; It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas; and Thirty Second Fa La La.
 
The Middle School band closed out the evening with their rendition of Carol of the Bells and Abide With Me. The highlight of the evening was Technology Director James Huval’s surprise performance of You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch to close out the concert.

Photos by Wally Porter '76.
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