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‘Sounds of the Season’ aims to elevate holiday cheer

Mr. David Ahrens is the Music Director at Bear River. Photo by Jeremy Rodrigues

Bear River’s Music program departments, including Band, Starlite, Jazz Unlimited, and more, will collaborate to put on the ‘Sounds of the Season’ Concert on December 13, 2019 in the Bear River Theater.

Freshman Matthew Moule, a Bear River Band newcomer, explained how it feels to play a part in the performance.

“I feel confident in it, but kind of nervous since this is my first concert,” he said, “It’s just kind of different from playing in a middle school.”

Sophomore Jordan McAlister gave her thoughts on the upcoming show.

“I’m comfortable with it, because I did Choir last year and normally the first concert of the year is pretty chill,” she said.

Senior Zoey Moody talked about what she felt the performers still needed to work on.

“I feel like we’ve been working hard, but we need more practice still,” she said, “Singing, just memorizing stuff, and blending better.”

For those outside of the performance realm, it can be hard to understand what it’s like to perform in front of such a large audience, and the specifics of what each music group does can be unclear. 

McAlister explained her role in the concert.

I am singing,” she said. “I sing with the Altos. Alto sing the lowest notes. Fun fact, I have the lowest note in our choir. I get down there.”

Moule simply stated what his part in the performance was.

“I play trombone for the three bands,” he said.

Moody added on with what she will be doing in the concert.

“I’m in two choirs,” she said. “I’m in the show choir and I’m in jazz choir, so I perform with those groups, and then we have an all-choir, so I perform them, because it’s all of the choirs. Also, I think I’m singing a song.”

Though the show is officially a Christmas concert, Bear River’s Music Director Mr. David Ahrens explained that the song line-up for the show is a little more varied.

There is a total of 20 songs in the concert,” he said. “The first half varies greatly, from Bon Jovi to an Irish folk song, to a song about mysterious ‘ghost lights.’ The second half will be all holiday-themed music.”

Such a large selection of songs over two hours of playing takes quite a lot of preparation to get right. Mr. Ahrens expressed his confidence in his students, and urged students to come see the culmination of what music students have been working on throughout the first semester. 

“They are prepared and excited to put on a great performance for their friends and the whole community, so everyone should join us this Friday at 7 p.m.,” he said,” Student price is $6. It should last about 2 hours

Moody gave a couple of other reasons for why Bruins should come out to the theater on Friday to support the Music Program. 

“It’s only one night, and it’s Band and Choir, so you get to see a variety of different groups in it,” she said. “Starlite’s in it, we’re doing two songs.”

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‘Sounds of the Season’ aims to elevate holiday cheer