Under the lead of Mr. Ben Green, fourth and fifth grade students at Greenwood Elementary School made the all-purpose room come alive during the winter choral concert. They sang songs of the season and the Orff Ensemble complimented them on many pieces. In fact, Mr. Green participated in the music too! Click HERE to see video clips from the school rehearsal!
On Tuesday, December 13, The Greenwood Elementary School Chorus and Orff Ensemble took the stage for two performances of their highly-anticipated winter concert. Both the day and the evening concerts were great successes, featuring eight songs, with topics ranging from Christmas and Hanukah, to the Winter Solstice and the beauty of December.
The Greenwood chorus is composed of a whopping 114 fourth and fifth grade students. The sheer number of students, combined with the ensemble’s dedication and preparedness, made for a powerful vocal performance. The students showed grace and musical sensitivity on slow ballads like Beautiful December, and displayed holiday spirit and sass during Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, which quickly became the group’s clear favorite in rehearsals.
The Orff Ensemble featured 15 dedicated students that arrived to school early one day per cycle to rehearse their 3 challenging pieces. The students showed off their excellent instrumental technique on xylophones and metallophones on pieces like Shalom Cheverim and the crowd favorite Linus and Lucy. A clear highlight of the concert was when the Orff Ensemble added Latin percussion instruments and rhythms to create an upbeat accompaniment for the chorus’ version of Up on the Housetop.
Both groups worked hard to prepare the music starting way back in September. They will take a few hard-earned weeks off before doing it all again to learn new music for the Spring Concert on May 9th at Greenwood.
Consider donating to the toy drive that benefits the Kennett Area Community Services! All toys should be NEW, UNWRAPPED toys for children. The toys will be distributed to local families in need. Last year, over 550 families received services from Kennett Area Community Services. This is a great way to give back to OUR community!