Panther musicians delight audiences for the holidays
Darby’s musical groups have delighted audiences with a little holiday cheer. The twentieth annual Celebration Concert has been underway since early October, but it all came to a head on December 14 and 15.
This year, the music program decided to follow the same set up as last year. Instead of having all of the musical groups perform on the same night, the most advanced groups performed on December 15, and the other groups performed on December 14.
On the 14th, the Concert and Symphonic orchestras, Concert Choir, and Concert Band played their hearts out. The concert opened with a strong number from the band, setting expectations high for the rest of the show. The audience was not disappointed, as there wasn’t a single bad number played that night. It was a highly enjoyable show and left people hungry for more Darby music.
On the 15th, the more advanced groups performed. This included Symphonic Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble. The highlight of the night was “Longfellow’s Christmas,” a piece written by John Baptiste Calkin for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The unique piece about the story behind the popular Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” included a full orchestra and Symphonic Choir accompanying a narrator, who was former news anchor Cabot Rea. The piece hasn’t ever been published, so this was a great opportunity for the music department because not very many groups get to play it. The groups were also able to perform the 20 year tradition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” in which Symphonic Choir and Women’s Chorale, along with any Darby choir alumni, sing along with a full orchestra.
The music department looks forward to the rest of their concerts for the year.