By Susan Hartley
December 10, 2013
PIQUA — The Piqua High School Vocal Department will present its annual Holiday Concert “Rejoice and Be Merry!” on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. in the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts. The choirs are directed by Tom Westfall, accompanied by Brenda Vetter. The Gotham City Brass Quintet, organist,David Broerman, Mason Stevens, vocal percussion and violinist, Paul Hrivnak are invited guests.
The opening number, “Rejoice and Be Merry” by Rutter, will be a combination of all the choirs, plus brass, organ, and piano. The Women’s Chorus will follow with performances of “One Candle Lights the Way,” “Santa Baby,” “Under Winter Moon” with guest Paul Hrivnak, violin, and “Runnin’ To Bethlehem.”
The Men’s Chorus will sing “Noel, Noel,” which uses “Noel Nouvelet!” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” in the text and melodies, with violinist, Paul Hrivnak, “Frosty the Snowman,” “In Bethlehem” with vocal percussion by student, Mason Stevens, and will close their portion with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
The Show Choir, “The Company” will present their holiday show with “Run, Rudy, Run!” and A Grown Up Christmas List” with student soloist Caitlin Cromes, the traditional “Carol of the Bells” and will lose with “Yule be Rockin’” with student soloist, Danny Rudy.
New this year will be a presentation by the voice class of the jazz song “The World for Christmas.” This volunteer class meets seventh period every day.
At the 4:30 p.m. program, the Piqua Junior High Eighth Grade Choir will perform three numbers, “Glad Noel,” Beautiful December” and “African Gloria.”
The Concert Choir will present “Noel Fantasy” with brass, organ and piano, the traditional “Deck the Halls,” and “Mary’s Lament” with Paul Hrivnak, violin.
The concert will close with alumni joining the choir, brass, and organ for the singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from the “Messiah.”
The Cookie Walk will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Commons. There will be beautifully decorated tables filled with donated cookies that will be sold by the pound. The Walk will continue through the afternoon during and in between the concert.
The auditorium will be decorated in a very special manner this year, with thousands of paper chains hung from the ceiling of the stage. Don Smith of Allisten Manor’s Flower Box is overseeing the project, which has become a school-wide activity with not only the choirs, but the study halls, the art classes, the media classes, parents, and many more involved in making the 60,000 loops for the chains.
For more information, please call Mr. Westfall at 773-6314 (ext. 1030) during school hours.