Submitted by Leela Kowlessar Dawber
It’s that time of year again – time for Christmas Cheer, presented by the St. Michael C. H. S. Music Department!  On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the Music Department will be presenting its Annual Christmas Concert, featuring the Senior Concert Band, Chamber Choir, Jazz Band and Junior Concert Band, as well as soloists and small ensembles.
The Music Department has had a busy fall, preparing for concerts throughout the school year.  You may have had the opportunity to hear the beautiful sounds of the Chamber Choir singing their reflections on the young soldiers off to war, at our Remembrance Day Celebrations; or the powerful Senior Band presentation of our National Anthem preceded by the haunting musical tale of a young woman’s life, ravaged by war, but triumphant in her return to her home and family.  Our Remembrance Day Celebrations featured 50+ live student musicians commemorating this profoundly important day.
The Chamber Choir has been invited to perform at the Early Years Centre Christmas Party, and is thrilled to be preparing some old favourites as well as some non-traditional repertoire to share with the young children and their families in our community.
As soon as our Christmas Concert is over, all musicians will jump into preparations for our Second Culinary Concerto, being presented this spring.  Stay tuned for dates for this upcoming spectacle.  Last year was such a success, seats were sold out!
The Junior Musicians will be treated to a trip to the National Arts Centre in the spring, where they will have the opportunity to take in the sounds of some of the best musicians in the world!
The Senior Musicians will be traveling to New York City, where they will spend a day at an inner-city school, mentoring and performing with aspiring young musicians.  But it will not be “all work and no play”, as the students will be treated to live Jazz performances at B.B. King’s Jazz Club, Broadway Musicals, and inspiring performances at the renowned Julliard School of Music.
Music is such a fantastic part of life!  Please show that you agree by attending our Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 10, at 7 pm.  Everyone is welcome, because music has no boundaries and no restrictions when it comes to sharing joy!!  Bake-sale items will be available before, during and after the concert.  There is no admission price, but donations to the Music Department are gratefully accepted.

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