The Christmas story is one many GAC students can recount by heart, but the musicians at last night’s Christmas at GAC performance told the story through scores and verse, weaving together the rich art of sound with scripture read by High School Principal Shane Woodward.
The performance not only reiterated traditional pieces like “Deck the Halls” and “Away in a Manger”, but also incorporated some lesser-known musical feats like “Celtic Carol” and “Breath of Heaven” originally performed by Amy Grant.
Many students who participate in the music program at GAC avidly participate in many ensembles. Several of the soloists or musicians were seen gracefully transitioning from the chorus, to the band, or to their orchestra seats. The multi-faceted nature of the performing arts program gives students the ability to shift between several of their gifts, even within the same performance space.
Directors included band director Megan Williams, orchestra director Nelson Galarraga, and choir director Marcus Miller. The evening concluded with faculty and staff, alumni and current (non-performing) students all joining the artists on the stage to bring the evening to a close with the Hallelujah chorus. The performances concluded with good tidings and classic Christmas cookies.