TCHS, TCMS Choirs Perform Concerts
The Tyler Consolidated Middle and High School Choirs performed their concert on Thursday, December 7, 2018. The performance started at 7:00 and opened up with the TCMS Choir presenting an a cappella (no accompaniment) piece called A Christmas Madrigal by Linda Spevacek, setting the mood and telling all to “Come and celebrate today, a very special holiday.” They then flowed into Terry Kirkland’s Christmas Joy based on a traditional English song, Sussex Carol, which originates from the 17th century. Their next piece was the ever popular and funny Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer followed by another Christmas time favorite, Here Comes Santa Clause, both arranged by Teena Chinn. As commented by Mr. Negie, perhaps the grandma in the former song may have benefited from the warning. The 5th piece for the middle school concert was a collection of Czech carols in A Czech Christmas arranged by Linda Spevacek.
The final song for the middle school’s portion of the concert was the traditional French Carol Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella, which tells the story of medieval France when monks would portray the nativity scene and children would light the way with torches and stay quiet as they were to treat the characters as if they real.
The TCHS Choir’s section of the concert opened up with a candle light processional of Hark, the Herald Angel Sings performed a cappella. The choir then moved into the English translation of the German hymn Silent Night arranged by Russell Robinson. Following that, they returned with another a cappella piece presenting an anonymous Spanish Carol form the 1500s titled Riu, Riu, Chiu arranged by Linda Spevacek. Riu, Riu, Chiu presented the story of the nightingale flying through the night singing songs of peace, love, and joy. Riu featured Trey Keys and Draven Nichols singing a duet on the first verse and Jenna Dawson, Cheyenne Morris, Tori Cremona, and Danielle Grimes singing a quartet on the second verse. The students then moved on to the classic carol We Three Kings arranged by Jay Althouse. Following, they then performed the ever favorite a cappella piece, Carol of the Bells arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky.
The next piece was another Christmas classic, White Christmas arranged by Roy Ringwald.
The TCHS Choir closed the concert for the evening with a wonderful performance of Winter Wonderland arranged by Joyce Bacak.
There was a wonderful turnout for the audience that evening and many concert goers gave praises for the performances of both TCMS and TCHS choirs.
Abram Negie, Choral Director for the Tyler Consolidated Schools, said, “I am very proud of the performance the students gave, and am excited for the upcoming semester. They have put in a lot of hard work and have done a tremendous job.”
The TCHS Choir will be visiting the Sitersville Genesis Healthcare center on December 12 and members of the TCMS Choir will travel to the New Martinsville and Sistersville Genesis Healthcare centers on December 19 and to sing the National Anthem at the Wheeling Nailers on December 22.
The TCHS Choir will also present their concert to the Boreman and Sistersville elementary schools on December 20 alongside the TCHS Band.