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chamber-singersA long-standing tradition this time each year, Milton Academy’s winter music concerts prove to be welcomed gifts on these chilly, short December days. Orchestras and vocal groups have been busy in Kellner these past weeks preparing for the Winter Vocal Concert on Friday, December 7, and the Winter Orchestra Concert on Sunday, December 9, in King Theatre.

Beginning at 7 p.m., Friday’s vocal concert features Milton’s Chamber Singers, Gospel Choir and Glee Club. The Chamber Singers will perform In These Delightful Pleasant Groves (Henry Purcell) and Harold Arlen’s Over the Rainbow (arr. Whalen). Another highlight of the evening will be Milton’s Gospel Choir and Chamber Singers, along with a student string ensemble, performing Richard Smallwood’s Total Praise. Selections for the Glee Club include Mozart’s Ecco quel fiero instante (accompanied by the string players) and Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite by Carter and Hudson.

On Sunday at 4 p.m., the orchestra concert shares the results of students’ dedication and hard work since the beginning of the school year. This event will serve as the debut of the Milton Guitar Ensemble directed by Dr. Steven Brew. On the program is a wide variety of music ranging from the quintessential classical work, Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (A Little Night Music) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to selections from Phantom of the Opera. The concert will also feature the winner of this year’s Senior Solo competition, Alex Shih, performing Mozart’s joyous and virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. The program will cumulate with several large-scale works, including Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Bizet’s “Farandole” from the L’arlesienne Suite.

Both concerts in Kellner’s King Theatre are free and open to the public.


Milton’s orchestra rehearses in King Theatre