By Emily Farr
The Durant High School and middle school choirs will be hosting their annual Christmas concert Thursday evening. The High School choirs are preparing jazz selections and the middle school choir is putting on a mini musical called “The Great Big Holiday Bake Off”.
Both choirs are coming off of their huge production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and they are looking forward to a relaxing concert. DHS choir director Deborah Clements said she was very excited for the upcoming concert.
“I love the holiday season,” Clements said. “I love jazz music and I think the combination of music this year is a win-win!”
This year the choir has decided to change things up a bit from their normal routine.
“I’ve always had a traditional Christmas concert and I felt it was time for a change,” she said. “Plus, jazz music is an excellent way to improve the ear and it helps shape the students into better musicians.”
The choirs will also be having a silent desert auction inside the auditorium for the audience to bid on before the performance. The students and their parents were asked to make baked goods to sell.
Durant High sophomore Paige Farley said she was ready for the unique music to be shared.
“I am really excited about the style of music we’ll be performing,’ Farley said. “It’s a jazz concert so the audience is going to be hearing a different take than they normally would on Christmas music.”
The middle school students are getting to perform and obtain some high school performing experience. Durant Middle School eighth grader Lauren Sherrer said she was thrilled for the experience.
“I am thrilled to get to perform the music we’ve worked so hard on!” Sherrer stated. “Being in choir is being apart of a team and it’s so rewarding to see all of our hard work pay off. I am very happy to get to share that experience with both my middle school and high school friends.”
The concert will start at 7 p.m. in the DHS auditorium.