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GR music concerts

December 29, 2013
Shelby Yates - GR student , Reinbeck Courier

'Tis the season for GR music concerts! Each Monday in December leading up to Christmas break, there has been (or will be) a music concert for each building in the district. The elementary kicked us off with a concert last Monday, December 2nd, which included all Reinbeck kindergarten through fourth graders. It was a total blast watching all those little kids dance and sing out of key (which is always adorable)! The kindergarten, first, and second graders were first in the program. They performed upbeat songs that included special motions like having a snowball fight, playing instruments, and building a snowman! Next up were the third and fourth graders, they performed variations of classic carols, some including The Holly and the Ivy and Deck the Halls!

An audience favorite is the dancing portion of the elementary school program. The kindergarten, first, and second graders performed a Santa Folkdance that consisted of partner dancing where the kids skipped into the middle to form a circle with other couples, did some body percussion, and then found a new partner and repeated the process. The third graders performed a line dance called Holly, Jolly Christmas that consisted of some inner feet tapping, sliding left to right, and then switching sides with a partner across from them. The kids have so much fun dancing, you can't help but have a blast, too! My favorite part is watching the kids count the steps out loud, it's just too funny! If you are ever looking for a great pick me up, you should definitely check out an elementary school music concert!

On Monday, December 9th, the high school held their Christmas concert. It included both the band and choir, along with the GR singers. To kick off the program, there was a special performance by the brass choir, called a Christmas Serenade by Clair W. Johnson. Next came the high school band who performed three medleys, which included old, traditional songs like, Over the River and Through the Woods and I Saw Three Ships, along with more recently created songs including, I'll Be Home for Christmas and Home for the Holidays. The band chose to perform all medleys because they are the most difficult types of music to play and therefore challenges us to become better musicians.

Following the band came the crowd pleaser, the GR singers. This select group of musicians performed an upbeat, jazz tune called, Gettin' in the Mood (For Christmas) which included showy choreography, five part harmonies, and a special solo performed by Jesse Royer. The crew then formed a nice picture together as they sang the sentimental tune, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, which included a solo from Shelby Yates.

Lastly came the choir performances, first the cantori choir, followed by a special performance by all GR women, and then the concert choir. The ninth/tenth grade girls (cantori choir) sang the ever so beautiful Ave Maria, along with the Ukrainian Folk tune, Sleigh Bells and "In The Bleak Midwinter. Together, all the women performed a gospel spiritual song, Go Where I Send Thee! This selection may have been familiar to you if you attended the winter concert two years ago (it's definitely a choir and audience favorite!). Lastly, the eleventh/twelfth grade women and ninth twelfth grade men (concert choir) finished off the show. They started and finished with two classic songs, We Need a Little Christmas and Sleigh Ride. In the middle, they performed a slow, harmonic tune, Et In Terra Pax (And on Earth, Peace), and a high intensity, acapella song called, Mary Sat ARockin'.

Director, Mrs. Bridges, put it, "We hope our concert has put you in the Christmas spirit! And if it hasn't, then we sure hope this snow is!" Seriously, though, we hope that our concert helped you experience the pure joy of this Christmas season! Continue to support the fine arts programs here at GR and experience the great things happening in our schools!



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