22nd annual Kamiak ‘Messiah’ back for 2018

Tickets on sale now; two shows Dec. 9
By Brandon Gustafson | Nov 21, 2018
Courtesy of: Mindie Goodrich The Kamiak choir and orchestra performing together during the 2017 Holiday Classics Concert. Tickets are on currently sale for this year’s show.

A holiday favorite for the Mukilteo community is back for its 22nd consecutive year, as Kamiak students will once again be performing their Holiday Classics Concert, featuring sections from Handel’s “Messiah.”

The shows, initially performed at the Kamiak Performing Arts Center, have grown in size to the point where there is now two shows, and is located at a larger venue.

There are two performances – 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Everett Civic Auditorium (2415 Colby Ave., Everett).

Last year’s shows were the most successful to date with money raised from ticket sales, according to Penny Engel, a member of the Kamiak Performing Arts Boosters.

The concert is a favorite for Kamiak performing arts students, as it’s one of the few times that members of Kamiak’s choir and orchestra get to perform together.

Jonna-Lynn Alonso, a senior violinist, is in her fourth year performing at the holiday concert, and loves being a part of it.

“Playing the music and being a part of a community that values art and music, especially high-quality music, is so great,” she said.

Alonso said many of her fellow performers are veterans of the show, and have lots of experience with the music already.

“Since a lot of us know the music, it’s easy to regain that memory. It’s nothing we’re too worried about,” she said.

Alonso said they will put out a “professional-style repertoire” worth the price of admission. More than anything, though, she said it’s enjoyable.

“It’s really a lot of fun.”

Owen Cromwell, also a senior violinist, loves the spectacle of the show.

“It’s such a big production,” he said. “We’re really lucky to be a part of it.”

Cromwell said the show is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

“It’s really special, especially at the end when everyone sings the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus,” he said. “It’s a great communal gathering.”

Piper Shier and Anthony Shami, two seniors who sing in the Kamiak choir and barbershop choir, are excited to be singing at the show once again.

“I have lots of family that come, so it’s cool to see that the music crosses generations,” Shier said. “The music is for everyone.”

“I love how everyone in performing arts comes together,” Shami said.

The money raised at the concerts helps fund performing arts programs, such as a trip for the choir students.

“The money raised helps us with our Ireland trip,” Shier said. “For the community to support our program like this, it shows that we’re really lucky.”

Shami encouraged all in the area to come out and support the students.

“You don’t have to like a particular set of music. It’s for everyone,” he said. “We all love music, and doing it together like this is really special.”

Tickets are on sale at kamiakarts.org under “click here to buy tickets for Messiah, ” and start at as low as $5.



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