Festive music will fill the air as more than 900 vocalists and instrumentalists kick off the holiday season at the Michigan City Area Schools’ “One City, One Sound” concert on Thursday, December 6. 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 a canned good/non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army. Monetary donations to the Salvation Army will also be accepted that evening.
This year’s “One City, One Sound” will feature:
- 298 voices in a chorus of sixth graders from all eight Michigan City elementary schools.
- 150 voices in a chorus of students from Barker and Krueger Middle Schools.
- 115 voices in the Michigan City High School Beginning Boys & Girls Choir, Concert Choir, Treble Chorale, and “City Singers.”
- 110 instrumentalists in a seventh and eighth grade band.
- 140 instrumentalists in a sixth grade band.
- 110 instrumentalists from the MCHS bands.
Each group will perform individually, and the opening and closing numbers will involve all bands and choruses in “Holiday Favorites” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Other numbers will include “Run Rudoph, Run,” “Carol of the Bells,” “All I want for Christmas is You,” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” 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 Frank Gast.
“We’re pleased that sixth grade band is once again offered to students at all elementary schools, and that those students will be performing at One City One Sound this year,” says Howisen. “This concert is a wonderful opportunity for the community to see and hear our music program, and it also gives the younger students a chance to see what is possible for them at higher levels.”
The concert will be broadcast live on Channel 98 educational TV. It will also air live on Michigan City radio station WEFM (95.9 FM).