Rocking out at Christmas

MHS holiday concert includes orchestra, singers and handbells

Students of all ages from Maryville celebrated the Christmas season with a holiday concert at First Baptist Church of Maryville.

Bill Robinson, conductor of the Maryville High School Orchestra, said the school’s choir - the Maryville Singers and Trebelettes, directed by Dr. Ken Hawkins -- performed the first half. Sam Houston Singers from Sam Houston Elementary School also performed a number with the orchestra in the second half.

The conductor said that during the second half of the show, the orchestra performed music from the group Trans-Siberian Orchestra. “They do rock versions of Christmas music. It was pop and went over great. The kids enjoyed doing the music. We did 45 minutes from one of their albums,” Robinson said. “The kids loved it and had a lot of their friends in the audience who loved it. We had special lighting, too, and that added to the whole effect of the evening.”

Robinson said the orchestra and choir do different material each year but the concert is an annual event. “For the orchestra’s part adding (the Sam Houston Singers) to partner with us on one song was special. We also had the handbell choirs from First Baptist Church Maryville and Madison Avenue Baptist,” he said. “That got a lot more people involved in the concert.”

The conductor said overall about 200 people performed during the concert. “We had a packed house,” he said. “It was a great crowd.”

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