By: Hayden Cordova | Lifestyle Editor
On Friday, Dec. 6, South held its annual 2019 Holiday Concert: Celebrate the Season at the Mitchell Center. Free to the public, the event served as a tour-de-force for members of South’s Music Department, with students and staff coming together to bring the semester to a close and kick off the holiday season.
The event drew on nearly all branches of the Music Department, featuring performances from Wind, Trumpet, Clarinet, and Piano Ensembles amongst others. Sarah Thomas, a member of the Steel Drum Band and Wind Ensemble, shared her thoughts on preparing for the event.
“We’ve been preparing for this about two weeks now,” said Thomas. “Most of our groups had our final concerts about two weeks ago, so we just kept rehearsing. This is my third concert with the music department, and next year will be my last. This Christmas concert brings out a lot more people than most of our other concerts, so it’s really nice to see such a wide variety of people who enjoy our music. We’re also able to showcase our entire department in one concert!”
Amongst such classic Christmas songs like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” the performers dedicated themselves to including renditions of these familiar tunes in the style of multiple different cultural styles, most notably featuring the Hanukah and Christmas mashup arrangement “Christmas Klezmer Fantasy.” The Steel Drum Band performed a variety of songs in Caribbean style, and the Chorale rendered their gospel version of “Hark!” in upbeat, toe-tapping fashion.
With the Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Chorale, Opera Theater, and even the Jaguar Marching Band coming together to round out the evening with a grand rendition of “Sleigh Ride,” South’s Holiday Concert, celebrating the spirit of the season since 2011, hopes to keep the tradition going strong well into the future.