Holiday Concert 'Will Have It All'

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The Modern and Mixed Choirs and the Longhorn Concert Band will perform their winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 in the Payson High School auditorium.

"We are looking forward to the concert and we are trying to get completely ready," said mixed choir alto Grace Springstead.

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The Mixed Choir at Payson High School is hard at work practicing the choreography for "Cotton Fields." Amber Snyder, a choir member and dancer, added new choreography to routines the choir originally performed at a recent festival.

"I am looking forward to singing ‘The Star Spangled Banner'," she said.

"The mixed and modern choir are singing it accompanied by the band, so it is going to sound really good."

The choir students will perform some of the same music they sang at the George Gardner Memorial Northeastern Show Choir Festival.

The modern choir will perform "Ja Da Ja Da Jing Jing" and "A Train" and the mixed choir will sing "I Sing the Body Electric" from the movie "Fame" and "Cotton Fields," a gospel number.

Lacey York sang a Country Western solo from "Just Might" at the festival.

"She brought the house down, she is so good," said PHS music teacher, Larry Potvin.

"The festival is not a graded event. It is designed for choirs to have fun and sing music that is not normally acceptable in certain conference formats. It features music for show choirs like Broadway show tunes, pop songs, Disney songs and jazz."

Singing in a choir would not be nearly as much fun if there was no audience. So, the choirs have been engaged for Christmas programs at The Rim Club and Chaparral Pines.

At the public winter concert, the choir will be accompanied by the band on some numbers, but the band will also perform on its own, playing "Johnny B. Good" and "My Sharona."

The concert will last about an hour. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students, children 12 and under are free.

"This concert will have it all -- rock, jazz, seasonal music, choirs and band," Potvin said. "Come listen to some of the best high school musicians in Arizona."

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