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"Tis the season for Christmas music


Band playing at Christmas concert 2019.

In this season of all things Christmas, the sounds of holiday music fill the halls and theaters at Gibbons this week and next. In addition, Santa visits Gibbons, not once, but twice.

On Saturday, December 7, media students were on hand to capture photos of visitors and their pets with Santa – a Gibbons first. Santa returns on Friday, December 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for more photos, only this time, sans the pets.

Guitar students playing at Christmas concert 2019.

The creative talents of over 200 of our student-musicians were on display on Sunday, December 8, during the annual Bettigole Christmas Music festival, now in its 13th year. From 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. the students performed music, from Christmas favorites and jazz, to classical and contemporary.

“The hope is that the festival leaves you with a full heart and an understanding of how many opportunities our students have,” said Mark Cashin, director of band, percussion, and AP Theory.

Strings orchestra saying a prayer before the Christmas concert.

On Monday, the strings program presented its first-ever Middle School Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater. The musicians were joined on stage by a dance student as well as by local Catholic middle schoolers. It featured performances by over 30 students from five different middle schools, underscoring Gibbons’ continued partnership with area Catholic middle schools.

Strings Director Andy Hawks added: “The goal of the concert is to extend our mission of faith, service, and leadership to the next generation of students.”

Holiday music returns to Gibbons at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, December 12, when some 20 members of Gibbons chapter of the Tri-M Honors Music Society presents Mittens for Music Concert. Admission to the concert is a donation of winter clothing, mittens, hats, gloves, scarves for a local non-profit group, said Hawks, who is the club moderator.

Wind ensemble playing at the Christmas concert 2019.

And at 3 p.m.on Sunday, December 15, the choral department will present its annual Christmas Chorus Concert, featuring performances by the Mixed, Women's and Men's Choral ensembles. The free concert will take place in the Mainstage Theater.

What I love about the concert is that students sing traditional Christmas carols as well as contemporary arrangements that connect them to the music,” said Choral Director Martha Zaldivar.



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