Holiday concert goes cinematic


The jazz band performs. Photo by: Molly Stanley

The choir sings during the holiday concert. Photo by: Molly Stanley

The holiday season is here again and that means Susky’s orchestra, jazz band, and choir have been preparing for their holiday concert.  On Sunday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m., the concert was held in Susky’s auditorium.  This year, the theme was “Christmas at the Movies.”  Senior violin player Elizabeth Lutz enjoyed having a different theme than usual.  “I like the music selections because they are all movie themed, and it adds some fun because normally we mostly play classical music,” said Lutz.  Some songs that the orchestra performed were “March of the Toys” from Babes in Toyland, “Auld Lang Syne” from It’s a Wonderful Life, and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  The concert choir performed “Somewhere in My Memory” from Home Alone, “Hot Chocolate!” from The Polar Express, and “White Christmas” from Holiday Inn and White Christmas.

Choral Director Jay Althouse especially liked the musical selection from Home Alone.  “When it comes to choir, I think my favorite [song selection] was ‘Somewhere in My Memory,’” said Althouse, “because it is from Home Alone, which was one of my favorite movies when I was little, and it’s a song that’s in the background a lot but people don’t actually listen to it.  So when you actually hear the beautiful melody, it really means a lot.”  In addition to the choir and orchestra, jazz band performed.  Some songs they played include: “Santa Clause is Back in Town” from Fred Clause, “Santa Baby” from Elf, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from Meet Me In St. Louis.  Senior Brian Bailone sings in the choir and felt prepared for this holiday concert.  “We rehearsed a lot for a long time,” said Bailone.  At the end of the concert, orchestra, concert choir, and alumni performed “Messiah” and the chorus, “Hallelujah.”

The jazz band performs. Photo by: Molly Stanley