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Youth to perform at ‘December Nights, December Lights’

By Staff | Dec 10, 2019

The Sanibel School’s Music Department will host an evening of seasonal songs and lights.

Free and open to the public, this year’s holiday program will take place on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the cafetorium. Titled “December Nights, December Lights,” it will showcase the kindergarten, first grade and second grade classes, along with performances by the Elementary Choir and Seahorse Chorale.

Prior to the start, the Steel Drum Band will play in the courtyard starting at 5:30 p.m.

“This is an annual program that we do every year,” Music Department Director Joey Giangreco said. “We invite everyone to come out and see the show – it is sure to be a great and exciting one.”

He explained that the main part of the program will be the K-2 performances.

“They are presenting a children’s program that is titled ‘December Nights, December Lights,'” Giangreco said. “It celebrates all of the different holidays that occur during the month of December, and it celebrates the lights that are associated with each of those holidays.”

The youth will open with a tune called “December Nights, December Lights.”

“The piece is about all of the December holidays and all of the celebrations that occur,” he said.

Next up, the kindergarteners will perform “The 12 Days of Christmas,” which is about the Christian holiday and the tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in lights. All of the students then will perform “Light the Candles for Eight Nights” in honor of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and the menorah.

The first-graders will follow with the song “La Fiesta de la Posada” in celebration of La Posada, the Spanish version of the holidays which includes luminarias. All of the students then will perform “Light the Kinara for Kwanzaa” in recognition of the holiday of Kwanzaa, which involves using the kinara.

Next, the second-graders will take the stage with “Holiday Lights.”

“It’s about all of the different lights that we see lit up for the Christmas holiday season,” Giangreco said. “We will be using flashlights as part of this performance for that song.”

All the students then will perform “One Candle Lights The Way,” which is about all of the holidays in December, followed by the “December Nights, December Lights” reprise to conclude that portion.

The Elementary Choir and Seahorse Chorale will be spotlighted during the program.

The choir will sing “Here We Come A-Caroling,” “Hanukkah Dreams” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” plus a Christmas sing-a-long for the audience to join in on on some favorites.

The chorale will start off a candle processional to “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” followed by “O Hanukah,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Christmas Carol” sing-a-long and “Just One Candle.”

“To conclude the program we will perform our annual selection, ‘Light the Candles All Around the World,'” he said, noting that the K-2 classes, choir members and choral members will take part.

Prior to the event, the Steel Drum Band will offer a pre-show performance.

“They’re going to be performing holiday favorites, along with other selections,” Giangreco said.

The band’s set list will feature “Jump in the Line,” “Hammock Holiday,” “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Another One Bites The Dust” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

He noted that it is the first time the holiday program has involved the older students.

“We wanted to include the middle-school ensemble this year so it could be school-wide program and students from every grade level could be represented in the show,” Giangreco said.

“And it’s a fun way to listen to some music as they’re coming in, to hear a different style and different types of music, and a great way to begin before we start the show,” he added.

The public is invited to come out and enjoy the evening.

“The holiday program will be a great way to celebrate all of the holidays that occur this time of the year,” Giangreco said. “So come out and support the island school’s student performers.”

During the program, the concession stand will sell food and drinks. The proceeds raised will help to support the Seahorse Chorale’s performance trip in February to Walt Disney World in Orlando.

For more information, contact 239-472-1617 or josephag@leeschools.net.

The Sanibel School is at 3840 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel.