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Songs of the Season

December 11, 2015
By KCS Staff

Christmas programs are always one of the highlights of the first semester at KCS. Students from all grade levels shined during their concerts this week!

Mr. Kanakanui challenged the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students with their respective instrumental pieces for Wednesday evening’s concert. Third graders played their selections, “Good King Wenceslas” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” in harmony on their recorders. Fourth graders performed their songs, with the accompaniment of alto and tenor recorders, in four part harmony. Improvised solos by three students highlighted the fifth graders’ work on the ukulele.  

The middle and high school band and chorus students performed on Thursday evening. The 6th grade band opened the concert and featured six student soloists. Mr. Kanakanui was pleased by all the students who showed interest and auditioned for solos. The instrumental pieces continued with the 7th to 12th grade band playing classic songs in their sectional groups. Mr. Kanakanui credits the leadership of the upperclassmen to prepare each group for their performance. Mr. Wilcox led the 6th grade and 7th to 12th grade choral groups, providing the evening with a nice balance of instrumental and vocal songs. 

Preschoolers took the stage on Friday morning, recounting the Christmas story with a full cast and songs that celebrated the wonderful gift of Jesus’ birth. Their program, “Presents,” featured classic songs such as “Go Tell it On the Mountain” and “Little Drummer Boy.” 

In their program, kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders made a joyful noise unto the Lord with exuberant singing.  Perhaps the highlight of the concert was the powerful words of the finale song brought to life. “He Made a Way in a Manger” blended lyrics from “Away in the Manger” to depict how the manger was part of Jesus’ journey to the cross. Images depicting Jesus as the Gate, the Vine, and Bread of Life were carried out on large canvases during the song. These bridged the way between scenes of the Nativity and Calvary. 

Bravo to all the students for their hard work!