By Emanuela Gallo ‘19
On Tuesday, December 18th, Fontbonne held its annual Christmas Concert at 7:00 pm.
The Select Chorus began the performance with the song, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” from the back of the gymnasium. Mairead O'Shea, a Select Chorus member, recited the poem “Ode” by Arthur O’Shaughnessy. The Vocal Ensemble then performed, “Beauty in the World” by Macy Gray, clapping throughout the song.
The Select Chorus processed down the middle aisle, singing, “O come, all ye faithful,” beginning with a Latin verse and finishing with two English verses. They then sang the Italian Christmas song, “Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle,” preceded by the English translation read out loud by Joanne Centeno.
After singing the beloved “Carol of the Bells” and “Wonderful Christmastime,” the Select Chorus left the stage, allowing Vocal Ensemble to return. They sang, “Christmas in New York,” “Winter Fantasy,” and “Silent Night.”
Select Chorus then joined them on stage to sing a mash-up between “The Little Drummer Boy,” and “Peace on Earth.” The two choruses also sang “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” and “Dona Nobis Pacem.”
Afterward, the choruses presented Mr. Bailey, the director of the concert, with a gift in order to show their appreciation for all that he does. The Select Chorus also sang a favorite, “Mary, Did You Know?” as a gift to him.
Finally, the Christmas Concert ended with a sing-along, where parents and teachers were encouraged to join in on the fun. They sang classics, including, “Deck the Halls,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlefolk,” “Away in a Manger,” “Joy to the World,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
As a member of the Select Chorus, it was fun to come together to perform the Christmas songs we had been practicing for our family, friends, and teachers. We hope that those who came enjoyed it as much as we did!