Heartwarming HS Winter Concerts

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The sounds of the season filled Rydzeski Hall on Dec. 21 and 22, as stellar young high school musicians displayed talents earned over years of practice at two remarkable winter concerts. The material ranged far and wide, from classical pieces by Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky, to traditional Jewish and Puerto Rican songs and the familiar themes from “Star Wars.”

The first night featured the string orchestra, directed by Susan W. Rydzeski; the women’s choir, directed by Bethany Affelt; the concert choir, directed by John Patrick Murphy; and the concert band, directed by Christopher Neske.

Showcased during the second evening were the honors symphony orchestra, directed by Rydzeski; the honors choir, directed by Affelt; and the honors wind ensemble, directed by Neske.

“This holiday season, our students exhibited professionalism with a performance that moved and engaged the audience, from the light show of our string orchestra, to the heartwarming delivery of the honors choir,” said Dr. Robert Wottawa, the district’s director of art and music. “The success of these concerts is due to the hard work and dedication of not only our students, but our outstanding teachers who maintain high expectations during daily rehearsals.”