Performing Arts Center: Winter Concerts Feature Candy, Magic Flutes
The new Valley High School Performing Arts Center will come alive this month with winter concerts that feature musical interpretations of sweet treats, magic flutes, dragons and more. These events are free and open to the public.
Fifth & Sixth Grade Orchestra Winter Concert – Tuesday, Dec. 2
The winter performances begin Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. with the annual Fifth & Sixth Grade Orchestra Winter Concert. The concert brings together 160 fifth-grade and 135 sixth-grade orchestra students from across the district to perform selections such as “Sweet Petite Winter Suite” by Brian Balmages. The suite pays tribute to favorite winter treats with its four movements — “Candy Canes,” “Hot Chocolate,” “Peppermint Bark” and “Gingerbread Man.” Students will also embark on an adventurous musical journey with the epic “Dragon Slayer” written by Rob Grice. District elementary orchestra students are under the tutelage of music instructors Jeanne Caldwell, Curtis Barr, Abby Meyer, Matthew Meyer and Anne-Marie Webster.
Valley Orchestra Fall Concert – Thursday, Dec. 4
Musical interpretations of firebirds, magic flutes and more will fill the Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3650 Woodland Avenue, in West Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. during the annual Valley Orchestra Fall Concert. This event is free and open to the public.
The evening will include the Valley Symphony Orchestra’s performance of the Overture to “The Magic Flute,” the Berceuse and Finale from Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” and Mars from Holst’s “The Planets.” The Valley String Orchestra will present Andante & Allegro by Mozart and Rondeau/La Rejouissance by Mouret & Handel. The evening’s selections will also include the Bourree movement from “Water Music Suite in F” by Handel and Allegro in D for Strings by Vivaldi performed by the Valley Southwoods Orchestra.
Valley High School/Valley Southwoods Band Concert – Tuesday, Dec. 9
The Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School Band Departments present the 2014 Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3650 Woodland Avenue, in West Des Moines. This event is free and open to the public.
The Valley Concert Ensemble will feature Symphonic Highlights from “Frozen” by Stephen Bulla. This dramatic and exciting medley showcases the best musical moments from the hit animated movie. The ensemble will also perform the Emperata Overture by Claude T. Smith, On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss by David Holsinger and Greensleeves arranged by Alfred Reed.
The Valley Symphony Band will perform American Overture by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, Vientos y Tangos by Michael Gandolfi and Christmas and Sousa Forever arranged by Julie Giroux.
Legends and Heroes by Pierre La Plante, Strawberry Blonde by Josh Gottry and American Folksong Suite No. 1 are just a few of the selections that the Valley Southwoods Band will feature.
Valley High School/Valley Southwoods Vocal Music Concert – Thursday, Dec. 11
Nearly 400 high school choir students will sing “Hope for Resolution” on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3650 Woodland Avenue, in West Des Moines. The work by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory is a deeply moving celebration of diversity that combines divergent musical styles and illustrates our innate potential for peaceful coexistence.
Students will perform the piece during the Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshmen High School Choir Departments’ Winter Concert. This event is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature several works that are both energetic and reflective in nature, including pieces in French, Creole, Latin and Russian. Accompanying instruments will include soprano saxophone, timpani, djembe, piano and a string quartet.
Those attending the concert will also experience a unique performance-art collaboration between the Valley High School Concert Choir and Valley’s Functional Art class. Students will musically and visually present Emily Dickinson’s poem “Hope is the Thing with Feathers.”
Indian Hills Vocal Concert – Monday, Dec. 15
Voices of more than 325 students will fill the Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3650 Woodland Avenue, in West Des Moines on Monday, Dec. 15 starting at 7:00 p.m. for the Indian Hills Winter Choir Concert. This event is free and open to the public.
The evening performances will feature five choirs under the direction of Cassie Carpenter. The choirs include the:
- 7th/8th Treble Clef Choir
- 7th/8th Bass Clef Choir
- 7th Grade Mixed Choir
- 8th Grade Mixed Choir
- Indian Hills Singers
Stilwell Eighth Grade Vocal Concert – Thursday, Dec. 18