Filled with haunting Latin melodies and hilarious parodies poking fun at fruitcake and spending money, the various CMHS choirs under the direction of choir director Jon Lindfors performed their respective songs.
The Madrigal Choir, an audition based group made up of high school students, performed classics such as "Winter Wonderland" and "Baby It's Cold Outside," but the highlight of their performance was their piece, "Fruitcake." Audiences were laughing as each group sang their solo, from the rapping tenors to the cinnamon sopranos. In the piece, "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," guest conductors—audience members three-years-old and under—and Mr. Lindfors dressed in antlers and a bright red nose, led the choir, and soloist Hayley Smith sang the introduction.
The Vocal Ensemble—another audition based high school group made up entirely of girls—sang songs that tended to refrain from modern English, such as "Kinderly" and "This Little Babe." Soloists Kate Piatti, Tia Gordon, and Melanie Kisler each sang a non-English solo in the Latin piece "Salva Nos."
The Mustang Chorus, made up of seventh grade students, also sang classics like "English Noel" and "Jingle Bell Boogie." Though there were giggles on the stage, many of the students had never performed before a live audience.
However, the group that seemed to have stolen the ears and hearts of the audience was the Davis Magnet School Choir. Invited by Mr. Lindfors and the Choir Department, the group of pint-sized singers sported white dress shirts and orange ties, many of which hung below their knees. Headed by choir director Tom Shiskovsky, the group of 80 fourth to sixth graders sang classics such as "O Holy Night" and "Sing We Now of Christmas." The song allowed them to show their inner—and outer—child, however, was their rendition of "Holly Jolly Christmas," in which they told the audience to "have a cup of cheer- not beer!"
Parents, alumni, and teachers came up to join in the Handel classic. All the choirs, including the Davis Ducks, and the alumni, joined together to sing "Peace, Peace," conducted by Mr. Lindfors and his daughter Emily.
This concert was full of laughs and high spirits, and succeeded in pumping everyone in attendance full of Christmas cheer—not beer.
Written By: Loralee Sepsey