Kamiak’s annual holiday concert takes place Dec. 9

Join Kamiak’s choir and orchestra as they perform their 21st Holiday Classics Concert.
By Brandon Gustafson | Nov 22, 2017
Courtesy of: Penny Engel The 2017-2018 Kamiak Barbershop choir. They will be among the many students performing in this year's holiday concert.

Kamiak High School’s performing arts have always had top-notch programs, winning many awards over the years for their performances.

December is fast approaching, meaning it’s time to purchase your tickets for the annual Holiday Classics Concert.

The concert, which takes place Dec. 9 at the Everett Civic Auditorium, features holiday favorites performed by Kamiak’s choir and orchestra.

Diego Condit, a senior at Kamiak, is a member of the school’s Barbershop choir and has taken part in the Messiah all four years he’s attended Kamiak; he said it’s his favorite concert of the year.

“With choir, I just love the people and the community involved in it,” Condit said. “I love the songs we’re going to sing at the concert, too, like ‘Jingle Bells’ and all sorts of holiday classics.”

“I joined choir because it looked really fun and has a good community atmosphere,” said Julia Kim, a senior and first-year member of the school’s Barbershop. “The ‘Messiah’ is really cool to do because we get to sing and play alongside the orchestra.”

Kim thinks that people should come to the concert to experience all the popular music that will be performed.

“It’s a great chance to experience a different kind of music,” Kim said. “People will experience good music and have a really great time. It’s worth it to hear good music that’s being produced by high school students.”

Daniel Moore, a senior who plays the viola in Kamiak’s orchestra, said the concert continues to grow and has changed over his four years at Kamiak.

“It’s definitely grown in the number of people who attend as well as the involvement needed,” he said. “My first year was the first year we had moved into the Everett Civic Center instead of just having it in the gym or at the PAC (Kamiak’s Performing Arts Center).

“If you come to the concert, you’re going to see a lot of young talent, but you’re not going to get the idea that they’re young performers,” Moore said. “There’s a certain level of professionalism that comes with this performance.”

Tiasa Kim, also a senior, plays the cello in Kamiak’s orchestra.

She also has the distinction of being the principal cellist as well as the president of the school’s orchestra council.

“I lead the cello section,” Tiasa said. “We have sectionals every week where we split up by instrument, and I help the section with certain excerpts. With the orchestra council, I make sure things are running smoothly and that everyone feels like they know what’s going on in orchestra.”

Kim also said she assists Brian Steves, Kamiak’s orchestra teacher who also conducts the orchestra in the holiday concert.

Nancy Duck-Jefferson, the school’s choir teacher, leads the choir in the performance.

Tiasa feels that besides hearing great music, there are other benefits to attending the show.

“When you attend this concert, you’re helping Kamiak’s performing arts programs,” Tiasa said. “I recommend people come and bring their friends and their family members.”

According to Steves, the orchestra feature part of the performance will include “Cantique de Noel” by Adolphe Charles Adam and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. Lindsay Leavitt and Jen Nguyen will perform a harp score by Calvin Custer.

There are two performances taking place on Dec. 9.

The first takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. while the second is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The same program is performed during both performances. The only difference is that some of the performers change.

Buy your tickets at https://search.seatyourself.biz/webstore/accounts/kamiakarts/buy-tickets.

Tickets range from $5 to $50 and, when purchasing a ticket online, you have the option to pick your seat.

 

 

 

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