Annual Christmas concert warms hearts

With a chill in the air, Trinity College School musicians warmed the hearts of audiences at the annual Christmas Benefit Concert, held Thursday, December 12th in the Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre. The concert is a chance to listen to a range of music, including seasonal songs, as well as to collect donations for the Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank to assist local families in need. In particular, this year’s concert shone a spotlight on some of our talented Grade 12 student-musicians who additionally took on the roles of arranger and conductor.

Trinity Strings, under the direction of Mr. Chip Mihailescu, kicked things off with Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins, before Grade 12 student Crystal Cheng conducted an 11-piece ensemble performing her own arrangement of Human by the indigenous duo Twin Flame.

Then the Grade 9 Band, led by Mr. Jeff Biggar and Ms. Nicola Lee, presented two of its concert band selections: David Shaffer’s vibrant Fire Dance, and the expressive Where Words End by Randall D. Standridge.

Conducted by Mr. Biggar, the guitar ensemble offered its take on Childish Gambino’s soul-tinged Redbone. Grade 11 student Wesley Chan beautifully presented William ten Have’s Allegro Brilliante, and then Grade 12 student Sydney Semmler led a quartet performing her own arrangement of Reflektor by Arcade Fire.

The Trinity Winds, led by Ms. Lee and Ms. Rachel Pearson, presented three diverse numbers, beginning with the theme from The Avengers movie series, by Alan Silvestri, moving into Themes from First Suite in E Flat by Gustav Holst, and finishing with Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane’s holiday classic, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Our final Grade 12 ensemble of the evening was led by Jack Vahramian, conducting a septet of students playing his own arrangement of Gene MacLellan’s Snowbird, popularized by Anne Murray.

Jazz@4, conducted by Ms. Lee, wrapped things up with style, playing a trio of upbeat numbers: John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie’s Birks Works, Blame it on the Blues by Doug Beach, and closing the show out with Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

This great evening of music was made possible with the technical support of Mr. Christian McFadden, Mr. Thomas Sandziuk and members of the TCS property department. As well, special thanks go to professional musicians who joined in to play alongside our students: Mr. Mitchell Cox, Mr. Roy Feuerherdt and Mr. Tyson Galloway.