Last night was our day school's Christmas program. In spite of blizzard conditions, everyone showed up, children and parents alike, and the show went on! The night began with a pre-pageant concert that featured various musical ensembles of the school. The video below includes several numbers by the "Boar's Head Carolers"--some of the strongest singers in the junior high choir who were selected for this small group performance. They put in many extra hours after school preparing these songs, and it shows. This video is not just for adoring aunts, uncles and grandmas: these kids are phenomenal! So give yourself a little pre-Christmas treat and enjoy some Yuletide music from some talented young people (one of whom just happens to belong to me).
I wish the sound quality were better--my little cell phone video camera doesn't quite cut it. Thanks to Trevor for making this recording. I was on the piano so without it I would not be able to watch and enjoy myself!
By the way, there were only four boys singing in this group. Don't they sound good?
After the pre-program concert the Christmas story was dramatized and musically narrated, culminating with around 300 children reciting the Christmas story from Luke 2 (King James version) while encircling the darkened sanctuary. I wish I could have taped that. It gives me shivers every time I experience it.
To Phil: I don't know if everyone who was in attendance last night realizes the level of commitment and attention to detail that leads to a program like this. But a lot do. So for them I will say thank you. You are simply unmatched when it comes to getting music out of children (or for that matter, anyone else).
I hope you have a moment to watch and enjoy. If not, stop back by later. You won't be sorry! (Be sure to stick around until the very end so you can see the Cantor jump over the baptismal pool!)