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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.

 

 

Music Groups Prepare for Christmas Concerts

Practice

This is a busy season for music groups. Two Christmas concerts are just around the corner: Feast of Lights and the Christmas Pops concert.  Students walking the halls can hear music From chorale, band, orchestra or bells as those groups prepare for the year’s biggest concerts.

Every year Andrews Academy gives a gift of music to the community through the Feast of Lights program, a celebration in music of the Christmas story. Feast of Lights will take place in the Pioneer Memorial Church sanctuary this Friday evening at 7:00.  It is a free program.

In addition to Feast of Lights, there is a new concert this year.  The Christmas Pops concert is going to be performed by AA students on December 10 in the Howard Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

Under the direction of Mr. Flores, Orchestra, String Orchestra, Chorale and Silhouette are preparing for the concerts. And under the direction of Mr. Graves, Band and Bell groups are practicing every day in anticipation of the performance.

 

 

 

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