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Andrews Music Programs Pack PMC, HPAC

For the first time in over five years, the Christmas music program “Feast of Lights” was coordinated by two music teachers: Mr. Graves and Mr. Flores. In addition to the Feast of Lights, this year marked the first Academy Christmas Pops concert, an evening of secular Christmas music which happened the following Saturday night.  Months were spent preparing the symphony orchestra, string orchestra, concert band, choir and silhouettes for the two concerts which, according to audience member interviews, was nothing less than professional.

This year’s Feast of Lights involved more advanced pieces for all the performers, including an eight-part collaboration between the Silhouettes and the string orchestra, with soloists Breanna Wood, Yewon Kim, Anhui (Annie) Jeong, Kelsey Robertson, and Bethany Goodwind. Both the string and symphony orchestras featured Gielle Kuhn on harp and performers from the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra and the Andrews University Orchestra.

The Christmas Pops concert, held at the Howard Performing Arts Center, featured performances by the symphony orchestra, string orchestra, Silhouettes, concert band, a special music by John Henri Rorabeck, Cavan Miller and Jeshua Moore.

Drawing the evening to an exciting close, Mr. Graves conducted both the symphony orchestra and the concert band in the grand finale, Leroy Anderson’s rendition of Sleigh Ride.

The audience reaction to both concerts was very positive.  Many attendees admitted they were impressed with the complexity of the music selection, and although some students (privately) admitted mistakes made during the performances, this did not prevent them from captivating audiences and glorifying God.



AA Hosts Children’s Christmas Party

It is rare to find anyone who will babysit for free – especially on a weekend.  Yet the SA Children’s Christmas Party had students doing just that – and having as much fun as the hyperactive children.

Three school days before the party, nearly thirty AA students signed up to bring gifts and spend time with fifteen K-3rd graders from area schools.

The evening began with myriads of small children anxiously rushing into the commons where SA member Hannah Mbungu directed them to their respective AA student sponsor. Shortly thereafter, the youngsters and students swarmed into the gym for rounds of group games like freeze-tag, monarch, and duck-duck-goose.

When the games in the gym ended early due to an unforeseen AU Jr. Cardinals practice, the hungry partygoers spilled into the commons for a supper consisting of pizza, cookies, and other hyperactivity-inducing junk food.

After the last cookie was consumed, an ear-splitting squeal erupted from the commons as a pillow-padded, santa-suit-clad Dillon Zimmerman ambled into view, where he was promptly climbed upon by all fifteen children who were eager to tear into their gifts. Once all the presents had been dealt out, there was a time for pictures and playing with presents as the children slowly filtered back to their parents, ending an exhausting, but exciting, Christmas party.



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