Pickerington Times-Sun

PHS North is planning two holiday concerts

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Pickerington High School North's vocal and musical talent will be on display Tuesday, Dec. 10, when the school hosts its Musical Celebration Concert.

North's Musical Celebration Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the school's Performing Arts Center, 7800 Refugee Road.

The free concert will serve to ring in the holiday season, but also will celebrate the singing and playing talent of students in North's music department, according to Marc Parulekar, PHS North director of bands.

"This concert will feature our orchestra, jazz band and all of the choirs," Parulekar said.

"It's kind of like a musical montage of all the different groups.

"The goal is to move seamlessly from one performance ensemble to the next."

While holiday and traditional Christmas music will be part of the showcase, it also will feature selections from the repertories of each group.

Parulekar said approximately 250 North students will perform in the Musical Celebration Concert.

"It's a really nice collage of our music program," he said.

"We'll continue our annual tradition of having all of our students combine to close the concert with Handel's Hallelujah Chorus."

Additionally, more seasonal music will be featured during North's Dec. 17 Winter Band Concert, which also will take place at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Parulekar said the Winter Band Concert will feature about 215 student performers, including those from North's symphonic band and eighth-graders from Ridgeview Junior High School's band.

"Probably most notably, our Superintendent Rob Walker will be narrating The Night Before Christmas with the PHSN Symphonic Band," he said.

The Winter Band Concert also will include a performance of Sleigh Ride by the symphonic band, and each of the participating bands will conclude the concert with a rendition of Stars and Stripes Forever.

"Both concerts will feature songs from seasonal repertories, our educational repertoire and there will be some fun stuff in there, too," Parulekar said.