Festive holiday music will fill the air as close to 1,500 vocalists and instrumentalists perform together at the Michigan City Area Schools’ “One City, One Sound” concert on Thursday, December 12. The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Michigan City High School gymnasium. Admission is free, however all who attend are encouraged to bring new soap products (either for personal hygiene or for household cleaning) to assist Sand Castle Shelter, in a “This Season of Hope...Give a Little Soap!" campaign. Monetary donations to the shelter will also be accepted that evening.
This year’s “One City, One Sound” will feature:
- 428 voices in a chorus of fifth graders from all nine Michigan City elementary schools.
- 360 voices in a chorus of students from all three middle schools.
- 147 voices in a chorus of high school students.
- 52 voices in the Michigan City High School Treble Chorale and “City Singers.”
- 56 voices in the Michigan City High School Concert Choir.
- 6 hand bell players in the Michigan City High School “City Ringers.”
- 120 instrumentalists in a fifth and sixth grade beginning band.
- 169 instrumentalists in a seventh and eighth grade band.
- 126 instrumentalists from the MCHS cadet, concert, and symphonic bands.
Each group will perform individually, and the closing number will involve all bands and choruses in a selection entitled, “When You Believe.” Other numbers will include “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Music teachers from throughout the Michigan City Area Schools will lead their groups; the combined numbers will be under the direction of MCHS choral director Michelle Howisen and band director Quincy Ford.
“One City One Sound is a wonderful opportunity for the community to see and hear our music program, bottom to top,” says Ford. “It also gives the younger students a chance to see what’s possible for them at higher levels.”
The concert will be broadcast live on Channel 98 educational TV, and will stream live on the Michigan City Area Schools web site at EducateMC.net. It will also air live on Michigan City radio stations WEFM (95.9 FM) and WIMS (AM 1420).
Note: Pahs Road in the area of Michigan City High School will be closed to west-bound traffic prior to the One City One Sound concert, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. During this time, all traffic departing the high school will be routed east on Pahs to Johnson Road.