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Lemont HS Rings in Holiday Season with Band, Choir Concerts This Weekend

Admission to either concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good or paper good, which will in turn be donated to local food pantries.

The Lemont High School music department will kick off the holiday season with a pair of concerts featuring different levels of the school’s bands and the choir.

Select members of the choir, along with members of the Concert and Symphonic Bands, will form numerous small ensembles to put on a “Prism” concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, the three groups will put on a more traditional concert, with the larger ensembles performing group numbers.

Both shows will take place in the school’s Performing Arts Center, 800 Porter St., Lemont.

Lemont High School’s bands are under the direction of Terry Redford and Matt Doherty, while Dave Nommensen leads the choirs. The band and choral programs will perform a range of selections over the two events.

The Dec. 6 performance will offer both music written for the genre as well as a myriad of holiday favorites, and will feature an array of ensembles - including percussion, vocal, brass and woodwind, and mixed instrument duets, trios, quartets and quintets.

The Dec. 8 concert will include numerous pieces from the Concert Band, including “Noel” by Richard Saucedo, “Chant and Jubilo” by W. Francis McBeth and “O Holy Night” arranged by Philip Sparke, among others. The Choir will perform several classics including “Set Me As a Seal Upon Your Heart” by David Childs and the recent Christmas classic “Where Are You Christmas?” from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The Symphonic Band will also perform various pieces including “Of Sailors and Whales” by W. Francis McBeth, “Away in A Manger” arranged by Tom Wallace, and “Candlelight Carol” by John Rutter. The three groups also will team up for a performance of Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival.”

Admission to either concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good or paper good, which will in turn be donated to local food pantries. Seating for both concerts is general admission.

Attendees for either concert are encouraged to park in the Performing Arts Center
Lot, Parking Garage or the West Lot, all of which are accessible off of Julia Street.

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