Published on Saturday, 15 December 2012 16:12
By Maxine Doran, Staff Vocal and instrumental music students as well as art students presented their Christmas Concert and art exhibit Monday evening, Dec. 10 at the high school. They were under the direction of Arlene Sands-Vocal Music Director, Keith Haake-Band Director, and Michael Linn-Art Instructor. The evening began with a vocal prelude by Holly Dahlinger, Caleb Anderson, Bridgette Anderson, Tashi Kunkel, Kaitlyn Truenow, Savanna Gohmann, Danielle Helgeson, Ariel Laabs, and Janessa Dahle. Their beautiful solos and ensembles were accompanied by their director Arlene Sands. The Junior High Band presented their pieces next, a variety of styles and rhythms, under Keith Haake’s direction. Caitlin O’Brien soloed with her flute in an interesting piece called “Castles and Dragons.” Their final piece, “A Christmas Canon,” was an arrangement of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and “The First Noel.” These performances were evidence of the remarkable development of musical skills these young people have made. Following the Junior High Band, was the Senior High Choir presenting eight musical works directed by Arlene Sands and student teacher Ian Benoit. Arlene Sands also accompanied the vocal pieces. Several vocal soloists were featured. They were Amanda Roerick, Elene Loliashvili, Savanna Gohmann, Ryan Luitjens, and Brady Mehr. Student teacher Ian Benoit directed “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” a very moving rythmic selection. Ian also accompanied the choir with his guitar for “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, arranged by Roger Emerson. Ryan Luitjens and Brady Mehr sang a duet of Away in a Manger.” Brady also did a solo of “Christmas Song”. Before the choir did their final piece “Silent Night-Night of Silence,” they did a stunning performance of “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The choir presented a beautiful bouquet of flowers to Mrs. Sands in a tribute of appreciation. Following the choir’s presentation was the Senior High Band directed by Keith Haake. They opened up with the well-known Mexican march genre “Zacatecas.” The band played several styles of music and included an arrangement of Irving Berlin’s compositions in “Irving Berlin-A Symphonic Portrait.” Before the final number was played, the band presented
Mr. Haake with some “gifts” that brought laughs from the audience. Their closing piece was “Christmas Can-Can” which featured several Christmas pieces concealed in Offenbach’s “Can-Can.” The audience was challenged to count how many Christmas songs we identified (I counted eight). A reception was held after the concert which allowed the parents to view the artwork of the students displayed in the halls and rooms of the school. Mr. Linn has encouraged these young students to experiment in many medias, and these students should be commended for their imagination and skill. We are very fortunate to have these talented teachers, staff and students at KAHS. There were many people involved in putting everything together for this concert and expo. When the sound equipment works well, do we think about what made it all happen? Students and staff put a lot of effort into this evening and it showed.