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Winter concert will heat things up

By: Anna Borowiecki

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 06:00 am

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Winter Concert
Sturgeon Composite High School Bands and Choirs
Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
Arden Theatre
5 St. Anne Street
Tickets: $5 at door

Where besides Sturgeon Composite High Schoolís Winter Concert will you hear a playlist that runs from a black light version of Paper Cut to the Scottish folk ballad Ye Banks and Braes?

As it turns out, right at the Arden Theatre tonight at 7 p.m.

Itís the schoolís traditional winter concert open to the public for a minimal $5 admission.

The show stealer bound to generate buzz is the concert band performance of Paper Cut where the 55 musicians use both paper and instruments to create rhythmic sounds.

Sturgeon High School music director Darwin Krips is choosing to create an eye-popping production performed under black light conditions.

ďThe kids are using glow sticks to light up their sheet music and I have an LED baton so they can see me. Iíll be wearing headphones and listening to a click track while they play in the dark,Ē said Krips.

ďIn this one, you canít deviate from the time. Everybody has to know what to do. It will look cool because the kids will be clapping and snapping paper. Itís become a very immersive piece. Itís very multi-sensory.Ē

Going in a 180-degree direction, the 17 lads of the 60-piece concert choir take front and centre in the poignant Robbie Burns text Ye Banks and Braes. It is a sad love song about a young Scottish lassie that gets seduced by a roaming romantic lad. She falls in love, but he leaves her and the baby she is expecting.

ďItís going to be sung like Danny Boy. We donít often feature the guys, but they are the foundation of the choir. Some have been here for three years and itís time to showcase the men a little more.Ē

Those 17 male voices are enough to create a tenor and bass section.

ďNot every high school choir has this many guys. Weíre very fortunate to have them. Theyíve opened up a larger selection of music put it at our disposal.Ē

The vocal jazz section goes seasonal with Please Come Home for Christmas featuring tenor Rod Barrettís solo.

ďHeís really a good singer. Heís got the rhythm and blues sound and itís a nice little slice of Christmas.Ē

The 20-piece jazz band plays a medley from the famous Vince Guaraldi soundtrack of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

ďA lot of people start the Christmas season with it. When we put up the tree, thatís the first album that hits the stereo. Itís a fairly significant work and itís such a beautiful arrangement.Ē

At just under two hours, the winter concert also serves as a fundraiser that generates funding to support music programs, workshops, guest musicians and student retreats.

A silent auction of decorated cakes, Oiler tickets and a 50/50 draw are among the fundraising efforts.

ďThe students are very hard working and Iím proud of them. Thereís some solid talent in the group and Iím always interested to see how the seniors pass a lot of the traditional values down to the juniors and help get them up to speed.Ē


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