Night of Hope
It’s Christmas time! Can you believe it? For many of us, this season came fast but nothing like the Night of Hope, this year’s Band and Choral Concert, presented at the Calvary Chapel Theatre on December 13 and 14, to get us in the Christmas spirit. Like previous years, it showcased several performances by these two musical departments, but unlike years past, it was a true concert, which, according to the audience, “brought the house down!”
The concert featured some of the all-time favorite Christmas tunes, as well as original work by Music Endorsement students. The night started with a guitar solo by Joey Frevola, playing “Hope,” by Rush, and was followed by several performances by the Middle and High School Band and Choral departments, each accompanied by a dance performance by the Dance Endorsement students. The Middle School Percussion Ensemble had their time under the spotlight too, with some clever tunes that made some people clap their hands and feet to the contagious beat. This was followed by an upbeat tune by Endorsement students, Michael Havens and Kristina Florio, singing “What Christmas Means to Me,” with their band. The night was topped by various other solos, duos, trios, and quartet performances, but two favorites were the duos, Florencia Yalale and Jonny Jones, who sang “Christmas Day,” and Taylor Hecocks and Alexa Romagnolo, an original arrangement by Taylor and A.J. Lowe called, “Oh My Love.” The Night of Hope was truly a night to remember, and thankfully we had two nights to ensure everyone had a chance to share that memorable occasion.
One of the highlights of the Night of Hope was a duet by sophomore, Andrew Davis, who played the trumpet, and junior, Monika McKenzie, pictured below, playing the Saxophone to the all-the favorite tune, “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”
“The CCA ‘Night of Hope’ Band/Choral Concert was truly an amazing experience for me. I felt very proud of all the students that participated and the creative input that several students brought to the program to help make our concert exceptional and unique. I really enjoyed seeing and feeling the expression of hope and the joy of Jesus’ birth in every song presented by the students.” —Stevyn McCaw, MS/HS Chorus Teacher