Strumming in a winter wonderland

If the recent snow flurries and overplayed holiday music on the radio were not enough to create the holiday spirit, then maybe the AHS music department can help.

The band, chorus and orchestra departments will continue to host their very own holiday-themed concerts. Each performance will include a variety of classic winter tunes, along with pieces they have recently been working on performing.

The band performance will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 14. Some songs they will play include “Festival Of Hanukkah,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Frosty The Snowman,” and “Abracadabra”.

“I’m most excited to play ‘Abracadabra’ in gold band because it’s a pretty fast piece and it sounds magical,” freshman saxophonist Kaitlin Martindale said.

The last of the three annual winter-inspired concerts will be performed by the choral department. The Chorus Winter Concert, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 16. Songs such as “Masters In This Hall,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Winter Wind” will be performed.

“I like holiday music because it’s fun to sing and more upbeat a lot of the time,” said junior William Bennett, who is a member of Men’s Chorale and Annandale Singers.

“I love the holiday season!” freshman obist Erica Johnson said.

The orchestra played on Tuesday, Dec. 7 under the direction of orchestra and IB music teacher Stephanie Lewis. Some holiday songs they played include “Festival Of Lights,” “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

“The concert ignited the Christmas spirit in the audience, and we played a very pleasing performance,” said junior violinist A.J. Janwatin.

“I liked playing ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ the best, and I thought we sounded really good,” said junior violist Sabrina Romano.