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Lemont High School music department gears up for two holiday concerts

12/6/2016


The Lemont High School music department is preparing to bring some “Joy to the World” with a pair of holiday concerts in the school’s Performing Arts Center. The concerts, which will be held on Thursday, December 8, and Thursday, December 15, will feature different levels of the school’s band and the choir. Both concerts will begin at 7 p.m.

On December 8, members of the band and choir will form numerous small ensembles to put on a “Prism” concert. The December 15 event will feature both the bands and choir in a more traditional concert, with the ensembles performing full group numbers.

Lemont High School’s bands are under the direction of Matt Doherty and Dave Nommensen, while Stephanie Cesaroni leads the choirs. The band and choral programs will perform a range of selections over the two events.

The “Prism” show on December 8 will offer both music written for the genre as well as a myriad of holiday favorites, and will feature an array of ensembles - including percussion, vocal, brass, woodwind, and mixed instrument duets, trios, quartets and quintets. The audience will be treated to a continuous stream of performance, “fusing” the music of several ensembles into a continuous stream of sound. Special lighting effects will add to the event, providing those in attendance with a sampling of the very best the school’s music department has to offer.

The December 15 concert will include several pieces from the Concert Band, including “In Heaven’s Air” by Sam Hazo, “Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey, and “Joy Revisted” from Frank Ticheli. The Choir is slated to perform “Carol of the Bells” by Mikhail Leontovich, “O Holy Night” by Adolphe Charles Adam, and Charles Silvestri’s “Tundra.” The A Cappella Choir will entertain with “Jingle Bells” by Gordon Langford, and Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time is Here.” The two choirs will come together for a performance of the Polish lullaby “Lulajze Gezunin” by George Thalben-Nall. All of the groups will team up for their annual sing along performance of Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival.”

Admission to either concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good or paper good, which will in turn be donated to local food pantries. Seating for both concerts is general admission.

Directions to Lemont High School

Attendees for either concert are encouraged to park in the Performing Arts Center lot, Parking Garage or the West Lot, all of which are accessible off of Julia Street.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.
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