A holiday tradition returned to Massapequa High School this year as local senior citizens were invited to a free musical performance on Dec. 13. The afternoon concert was a preview of the high school’s nighttime winter showcase, “An Evening of Holiday Music,” on Dec. 15-16.
Welcoming the crowd to the newly renovated auditorium were interim Superintendent of Schools Brian Conboy, Director of Fine and Performing Arts Vincent Green and Principal Barbara Lowell.
The concert opened with the Treble Choir singing a traditional German carol, “Kling Glöckchen, Kling.” The singers, under the direction of Ilena Dempsey, also performed a Hanukkah song, “Hanerot Halalu,” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
Up next was the orchestra, conducted by Marjorie Spagnuolo. The string musicians delighted the crowd with “Sleigh Ride” and “A Mad Russian’s Christmas.” Mozart’s “Gloria In Excelsis” was the first number for the a cappella choir, led by Nichole Greene. They also song “Bidi Bom,” “Away” and “Be a Light.”
The three groups, which combined to feature more than 200 Massapequa student-musicians, joined together for a three-song finale: “Chanukah Festival Overture,” “O Holy Night” and “Hallelujah Chorus.”