Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield Chamber Ensemble performed holiday songs, under the direction of Canfield High School Choir Director Kelly Scurich, at the Choral Music Department’s annual Winter Concert on Dec. 8.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Under the direction of Canfield High School Choir Director Kelly Scurich, the concert choir performed holiday songs for family and friends at the Choral Music Department’s annual Winter Concert on Dec. 8.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield High School One Octave Higher choir ended their performance of “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” with a surprise appearance by Santa Claus at the Choral Music Department’s annual Winter Concert on Dec. 8.
By ABBY SLANKER
The Canfield High School Choral Music Department had its annual Winter Concert on Dec. 8.
Under the direction of Choir Director Kelly Scurich, the concert choir, One Octave Higher choir and Canfield Chamber Ensemble performed holiday songs for family and friends. The Canfield Village Middle School Cambiata Singers, under the direction of Canfield Village Middle School Choir Director Tom Scurich, also performed at the concert.
Dylan Todd, president of the concert choir welcomed the audience to the concert.
“Welcome to the Canfield High School Choral Music Department’s Winter Concert,” Todd said.
The Mass choir, which included the three high school choirs, opened the show with “Gaelic Alleluia” by Craig Courtney and followed that with selections from “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi.
The concert choir then filled the stage to perform “Issay, Issay” by Philip Kern, “New Fallen Snow” by Stan Pethel and finished their portion of the concert with a lively “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” arranged by John Leavitt.
The Canfield Cambiata Singers, comprised of seventh- and eighth-grade students, took the stage to perform “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
“We are celebrating 50 years of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ which gives us wonderful memories and has been enjoyed for a very long time,” Tom Scurich said.
The Canfield Chamber Ensemble began their performance with “Good King Kong Looked Out” by P.D.Q. Bach and Schickele and followed that song with “Glow” by Eric Whitacre. The choir ended their portion of the concert with a jazzy “Frosty the Snowman,” arranged by Kirby Shaw, which included theatrics and dance moves.
The One Octave Higher choir then took the stage to perform “Shepherd’s Carol” by William Billings and then moved into “In the Bleak Midwinter,” arranged by Ruth Schram. The choir finished their portion of the concert with a grandiose performance of “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus,” arranged by Kirby Shaw, complete with an appearance by Santa Claus.
To close the Winter Concert, all choirs joined together again on stage to sing “Silent Night” by Paul Sjolund with soloist Taylor Mead. In keeping with tradition, alumni who had studied under Scurich who were in attendance were invited to join the choirs on stage.
The choreographer for the concert was Kelly Scurich, with Ronnie Sue Gregory and Courtney Larson serving as accompanists. Alexandria Viano served as student conductor and student accompanists included, Emma Kadilak, Jessica Lee, Max Lee, Jonathan Scurich and Viano. Instrumentalists included Melissa Dahman and Alex Sanders.
“Thank you for coming to our Winter Concert. Happy holidays,” Scurich said to end the evening.