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High school concerts celebrate holiday season

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Dakota Bishop and Kate Eastman rehearse for the Jennings County High School Orchestra Christmas Concert.
Dakota Bishop and Kate Eastman rehearse for the Jennings County High School Orchestra Christmas Concert.

NORTH VERNON — The Christmas spirit will be celebrated during three concerts this month at Jennings County High School.

All concerts are a part of an effort to collect food for local food pantries under the Jennings County Coordinating Council.

There is no admission charge for any of the concerts, but each person is asked to donate a nonperishable food item at the door or make a cash donation for admission.

“This concert is the orchestra’s gift to the community,” orchestra director Eric Jarboe said.

He said that, not only will items be given to those in need, but “the two orchestras will perform exciting and beautiful music of the season.”

The Chamber Orchestra will open today’s concert with “Celebration” as recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. The group also will perform selections from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “The Mad Russian Christmas” from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

The String Orchestra will perform “Swingin Santa,”, “A Torch for the King,” and a special combination of “Angels We Have Heard on High” with “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Gustav Holst.

Today’s concert will conclude with both orchestras and the audience participating in a Christmas sing-along.

Sandra Wildey will lead the 205 students from five choral groups of the choral department for their concert on Monday. The show choir, concert choir, women’s choir, varsity choir and mixed choir will perform during the concert.

“We are going to do a large variety of music. There will be old and new music, both secular and sacred,” Wildey said. “The group is really good this year, so it will really be enjoyable. We are going to end with everyone singing ‘One Single Light,’ and I think everyone will be shining in a very positive light.”

The JCHS Band will perform under the direction of Martha Landry on Dec. 17.

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