Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:00
Singers and musicians from Mineola High School enthralled the crowd at the school auditorium on Monday, Dec. 16 during the annual winter concert. Friends, families and students packed the concert hall to watch, listen, appreciate and support the students as they shared their talent on stage.
After a welcome address by Joe Owens, acting supervisor of fine and performing arts, there were orchestra, chorus and band performances by the eighth-grade musicians and singers. The orchestra was under the direction of Sarah La Sorsa, chorus conducted by Meg
Messina and band directed by Marc Ratner. More than 150 students performed Christmas carols and holiday tunes. “The Dynamics,” directed by Meg Messina, entertained the audience by singing “Everyday People” and “Home.”
The ninth and 10th-grade orchestra directed by Tracy Campbell, performed Meyer’s “Beethoven, Inc.,” along with a variation on a well-known “Sea Chanty” and “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24.”
The Music Exploration Ensemble directed by Marc Ratner wowed the audience, followed by the concert band under the direction of Don Carreras. Freshman and sophomores played “El Alamein,” by John Edmondson.
“Deck the Halls” and “China Sea Voyage,” integrated three folk songs from countries bordering the South China Sea, Thailand and Indonesia, by Gene Milford. The big band played “Come Fly with Me” and concluded on a festive note with sing-along “Good Time.”
The capacity crowd applauded after each performance and at the end were up on their feet clapping and cheering.
“For every concert I like to do one classical piece, one popular piece, and one holiday piece to make it a well rounded genre,” Campbell said. “The goal of the concert is really to entertain the community with the students’ talents and show them how hard they’ve worked for the past three months.”
Julianne Ortiz, a violist in the orchestra, really enjoyed the selections for this year’s winter concert. “‘Carol of the Bells’ is my favorite song by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, so performing it for family and friends is an experience I’ll cherish,” she said.