The annual winter concert, though not Christmas-themed, will feature several Christmas pieces, including the popular song “Christmas Pipes” by Celtic Woman.

The middle- and high-school orchestras and choirs will be performing on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. in the MP Room.

Felecia Keys, orchestra and choir teacher, said that the upbeat Celtic song is her favorite.

“I think ‘Christmas Pipes’ is everybody’s favorite,” said Keys. “It’s probably the most difficult, but it’s very catchy. That will be the piece to look forward to.”

Keys added she is especially proud of senior Madison Judd, the soloist in “Christmas Pipes” and this year’s concertmaster.

“Maddy has improved so much since seventh grade,” Keys said. “I know this is big for her.”

This will be the high-school choir’s first “real” performance, excepting the performance at the Art Boosters event earlier this year.

“It’s a small group (eight), but they sound amazing,” Keys said. “Almost everybody has a solo.”

The high-school choir will sing “Text Me a Merry Christmas” by Straight No Chaser alone and join the eight-member middle-school choir for “What a Wonderful World” and “The Christmas Song.”

To complete the wintry spirit, sophomore Sahej Claire will read an original poem called “Solstice,” accompanied by freshman cellist Chardonnay Needler.

The concert will close with a bit of audience participation.

“At the end of the concert, I hope the audience will join us for a couple of Christmas carols,” Keys said.

—By Marigot Fackenthal

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