Holiday concert season kicks off Monday evening
It will be live holiday music, performed the way it’s supposed to be performed.
By elementary school kids.
The annual New Hampton Elementary School Winter Concert will take place Monday night, starting at 7 p.m., in the New Hampton High School gym. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and musical director Kayla Reetz advises concert-goers to arrive early, so they can be sure to get a good seat.
“It’s going to be filled up to the maximum,” Reetz said. “This year we have holiday songs for the kids to sing as well as some songs that will show the students’ talents on various musical instruments.”
Reetz said that each grade level, from Kindergarten through fourth grade, will be performing two songs, and then at the end, all the grades — some 300 students — will sing one song together. This is a change from last year, when grades K-through-2 performed a winter concert and third and fourth grades performed a spring concert. Reetz said the change was made due to feedback from the community.
“We had heard that this is what the community wanted,” she said.
Reetz said that there will be a final practice at the high school gym on Monday at 1 p.m., sort of a dress rehearsal, that will also be open to the public. This is primarily for parents who don’t want to fight the crowd at night, or who work nights and won’t be able to attend the evening performance.
“This practice will be the first time the students will be singing in the gym, so there may be times we have to stop and start again,” Reetz said. “I just want people to be ready for that to happen. It’s open to the public, but it’s still a practice.”
Reetz said that once they get over the initial nervousness of performing live in front of an audience, she expects the kids will do well.
“They’ve sounded good, and all the students are working hard,” Reetz said. “They’re all getting excited about performing Monday.”
The elementary school’s program kicks off the “holiday concert season” in New Hampton as it is the first of four school concerts set to be performed.
On Sunday, Dec. 9, the St. Joseph Community School Christmas program will be held, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Parish Center.
The following day, New Hampton Middle School vocal and instrumental students will take the stage for the school’s annual concert that is set to begin at 7 p.m.
And on Monday, Dec. 18, New Hampton High School will put on its Winter Music Festival that will feature performances by the Chamber Choir, NuHi Chorale, Concert Band and Jazz Band. That concert is set to begin at 7 p.m.