Whether they’ve been a little bit naughty or a little bit nice, all members of the Lemont High School community are invited to enjoy the wonderful sounds of the holiday season as the school’s music department hosts a pair of winter concerts. The concerts, which will be held on Thursday, December 5, and Thursday, December 12, will feature the school’s band and choir. Both concerts will begin at 7 p.m., with the Performing Arts Center doors opening for general seating at 6:30 p.m.
On December 5, members of the band and choir will form numerous small ensembles to put on a “Prism” concert. The December 12 event will feature both the band and choir in a more traditional concert, with the ensembles performing full group numbers.
The Lemont High School band is under the direction of Matt Doherty, while Dave Nommensen leads the choir. The band and choral programs will perform a range of selections over the two events.
The “Prism” show on December 5 will offer both music written for the genre as well as a myriad of holiday favorites, and will feature an array of small student-led 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 combined Concert Band will perform several selections at the December 12 concert, including “Havendance” by David Holsinger, “‘Festivo” by Vaclav Nelhybel, and “Dum Spiro Spero” by Chris Pilsner.
The Choir is slated to perform “New Fallen Snow” by Stan Pethel, “Text Me Merry Christmas” arranged by Roger Emerson, “The First Noel/Pachelbel’s Canon” arranged by Michael Clawson, and “Christmas... In About Three Minutes” arranged by Mark Weston. The concert finale will feature all of the choir and band students teaming for their annual fan favorite sing along performance of Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival.”
Admission to either concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring items to be donated to local food pantries, including Lemont High School’s own food pantry. Items needed include cereal, peanut butter, jelly, tuna, canned chicken, canned ham, Spam, rice, instant potatoes, Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, canned mixed vegetables, canned fruit, salad dressing, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, juice, tea bags, canned chili, Spaghetti-O’s, sugar, flour, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, bar soap, toothpaste and paper towels. The pantries also are in need of no-salt and gluten-free items.
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.