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12-12_orchestra2_1_1A long-standing tradition this time each year, Milton Academy’s Winter Concerts prove to be a welcomed gift on these chilly, short December days. Orchestras and vocal groups have been busy in Kellner these past weeks preparing for two performances scheduled for Friday, December 9 and Sunday, December 11 in King Theatre.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Friday’s concert features the Gospel Choir, Chamber Singers, Glee Club and the School’s four a capella groups. Highlights include the Abendlied of Josef Rheinberger andShalom Rav of Ben Steinberg, both sung by the Chamber Singers. The Glee Club will sing several selections, including a chorus from Gluck’s operan Orfeo and an arrangement of the American Spiritual, Go Down Moses.

On Sunday at 4 p.m., Milton’s two orchestras take the stage. The Chamber Orchestra performs works of Handel, Mozart, Haydn and the premiere of an orchestral transcription of Clare Grundman’s Concertante for Alto Sax and band. The soloist will be Kate Ballinger (I). The full orchestra will play works of Chesnakov, Joplin, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Holst. Watch orchestra rehearsal.

The music department will host a silent auction at both events to defray the cost of the Chamber Singers/Chamber Orchestra tour of Poland and Germany in 2012. If you have any questions, please contact Music Department Chair Don Dregalla at