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O Holy Night

O Holy Night

Creative expression came to life as middle and upper school arts students shared their talents in celebration of the Christmas season. The Festival of Christmas was filled with both reverence for the gift of Christ and the joyful laughter of the Christmas spirit.

A packed Sanctuary of audience members smiled and sighed with recognition as the concert began with the ever-popular “Carol of the Bells” by the upper school choirs. Visual arts students provided the event's backdrop with a slideshow of Christmas-themed artwork. Special arrangements of familiar carols demonstrated the creativity of band and choir students alike in songs such as “Not So Silent Night” and “Bell Carol Rock.” The Reflection Choir’s “Away in a Manger,” arranged by Pentatonix, was stunning in its uniqueness with solo performances by Brayden Harrison ‘25, Sloane Harrison ‘23 and Samuel Konuma ‘24.

“I had a lot of fun with friends and family during the Festival of Christmas, and it was one of the best concerts I've been a part of,” shared saxophone soloist William Young ‘25. Indeed, many students participated in breathtaking solos, with Arrow Brown ‘23 and Grace Quach ‘23 earning enthusiastic applause for their performances in the favorite carol, “O Holy Night.”

Theatre students also wowed with their jolly and humorous performances. Middle school theatre performed “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” inspiring laughter as students dressed as reindeer galloped down the Sanctuary aisle. Upper school theatre students stole the show with their high-energy performance of “Elf.”

Arts Fellow Brant Decker ‘23 said, “Watching the arts come together for the Christmas season was very enjoyable to see! The choir carols, theater performances, band songs and the various art pieces from the visual arts students united in an ensemble illustrating the reason for the season.”

Head of School Dr. Don Davis effused, “This year’s Festival of Christmas was wonderful! It is hard to pick my favorite part, but I enjoyed the moment at the close of the evening when our choir students surrounded the audience with candlelight singing ‘Peace, Peace, Silent Night.’”

Now let us all sing together of peace, peace on earth.

Photos from the Festival of Christmas