To kick off the Christmas season, the Second Baptist School arts department hosted families and friends at the annual Festival of Christmas. They presented their talents before a packed house.
“Each year, Choir Director Becky Martin and I try to come up with something original and creative to start the program. Last year, we started with Big Ben chimes resembling a grandfather clock to chime in the hour which lead into the choir singing Carol of the Bells,” explained Band Director Mark Lewis. “This year, we took that idea and added the band playing a short segment of O Come, O Come Emmanuel after the chimes, which then transitioned into the choir singing Carol of the Bells. It was a challenge for me to come up with an arrangement for the band that would blend all those aspects in together, but in the end, it sounded great.”
Preparations for the Festival of Christmas include after school rehearsals to class time devoted to learning new music. Students and arts teachers, alike, put in great effort to ensure a successful performance.
“I love all aspects of the Festival of Christmas,” stated Lewis. “It is really fun for me to go down to the lower school each year and help Liza Brown with the fourth grade handbells. By listening to them at the concert, you would never know that they learned all their music in 10 rehearsals and that none of them had ever even picked up a handbell before.”
Upper and middle school band students continued to entertain the audience with beautiful Christmas classics such as Jingle Bells and Canon for Christmas. The Vision Choir wowed the audience with performances including solos for Christmas classics Mary, Did You Know? and O Holy Night. Honors theatre students kept the crowds laughing with a rendition of Turkey Claus. Fourth grade students showcased hard work and talent with their handbell song, Joy to the World. The middle school choir’s rendition of The Jesus Gift was a joy to hear and showcased many talented soloists. Interspersed throughout the show were eye-catching visual art mediums displayed through slideshows. Rounding out the evening’s festivities was the combined group performing Peace, Peace by candlelight ,which is a crowd favorite and the perfect way to wrap up this holiday celebration.