Christmas at Reinhardt

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Dr. Shaw leads the audience in a singing of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” while the Chamber Singers Men take the stage.

The Falany Performing Arts Center has been transformed into a place of Christmas spirit with music filling the auditorium as the Reinhardt choir and Wind Ensemble performed their combined Christmas concert this week. The choir and band performed a total of five concerts from the evening of Nov. 30 to the afternoon of Dec. 3, and with each just as incredible as the last.

Dr. Kirk leads the Wind Ensemble in their performance.

The Concert Choir kicked off the concert with “African Noel,” arranged by Andre J. Thomas. The choir lined the aisles of the auditorium and began to sing as they took the stage. The Chamber Singers followed the Concert Choir’s performance, and then the Wind Ensemble followed. Choir member and Reinhardt freshman Rachel DaSilva said, “My favorite piece was probably ‘Silent Night’ because Anastasia’s solo is so pretty, and I think she does an amazing job, and I love hearing it every time we sing it.” In between transitions of ensembles, the audience was invited to sing along to the tunes of “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” The band and choir came together to perform “A Christmas Celebration” by Alfred Reed as a grand finale and rightfully received an uproarious standing ovation.

When asked how she felt the performance went, Reinhardt freshman and choir member Maggie Smagur responded, “I felt like it went very well. This was my first Christmas concert at Reinhardt, so I was new to it, but it was incredible. Honestly the way the band and chorus meshed together made for a magical moment.”

The Wind Ensemble and soloists Michael Vavases (left) and Laura Sellers (right) receive a standing ovation after their performance of “The Prayer.”

Reinhardt choir members were asked to describe what it is like to perform for such large audiences such as the crowds drawn to these Christmas concerts. Senior Luke Roberson responded, “It is thrilling! It’s very hard to describe the feeling of joy that you get. You get this rush of energy and adrenaline, but at the same time, you’re grateful for the audience being there to hear you and you give all of your heart and soul to them.” Freshman Maggie Smagur explained her thoughts about performing saying, “It’s really magical, and it really hypes you up and puts you in a better mood. You’re not just performing for yourself, you’re performing for all these other people, and you have the ability to change their lives. It’s truly incredible.” Freshman Rachel DaSilva also said, “It feels great. Choir is where my love for music started, so being back in a huge choir for a huge auditorium full of people is a really great feeling, and it feels like home.”

Although these concerts close out the performing season of this semester, both the choir and Wind Ensemble will begin rehearsing once more in the spring.

Written by: Nataleigh Long

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