By Ashley Barbian | A&E Editor
The sound of jingle bells and Christmas carols will ring through the auditorium as students bring holiday spirit to during the annual winter concert this Sunday, Dec. 1l.
The Concert Choir, New Horizons, Women’s Ensemble and eighth grade choir will be performing a set list containing 25 songs, which includes favorites such as “Dashing Through The Snow.” There will also be a version of “Silent Night” that features five languages.
The concert is one that the students enjoy sharing with their audience each year.
“The Christmas concert is something everyone looks forward to,” junior Tosha Smith said. “I believe all of the choirs will do very well at this second concert because we all have been working hard.”
Several adjustments were made to accommodate the addition of the eighth grade choir. The group has their own set of songs, making the concert longer than usual, and they will also join the three other choirs in the song “Medieval Glory.”
“Choir always has a variety of songs and it is fun to experience the changes to accommodate the younger students in the songs we are singing,” sophomore McKaela Gadzia said.
Many new soloists featured in this concert will include seniors Shon Mobley and Dylon Yoshinaga and sophomore Quentin Kirk.
“I’m excited for this concert,” Kirk said. “We will be expected to sound like Elvis in a few pieces New Horizons will be singing.”
The choirs will encircle the audience as they sing. The audience will also be encouraged to participate by singing along to the songs they know.
“This concert will be like a real live surround sound having choirs singing on all levels, not just the stage,” choir director Ken Graber said.
The concert will end with the longstanding tradition of the singing of “Hallelujah Chorus,” at which time MHS choir alumni in the audience will be asked to join the current choirs on stage to sing along.
“This classic holiday song has been sung for over 40 years,” Kirk said. “It is something everyone remembers and looks forward to hearing each Christmas.”