Island Park’s musicians shared sounds of the holiday season with guests from throughout the community during the month of December. Winter concerts presented by Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School continued annual traditions and brought families together with members of the Board of Education, administration and staff to enjoy festive gatherings.
Hegarty’s jovial concert was held on Dec. 13 and featured a collection of songs that focused on peace, celebration and gratitude. The multipurpose room was adorned in twinkling lights, snowflake cutouts and decorations around the stage.
Under the direction of music teacher and Chorus Director Marie Bluebello-Sambolin, third- and fourth-grade chorus members performed numbers such as “Celebrate Hanukkah,” “It’s Time to Deck the Halls,” “On a Starlight Night,” “Snow Day! Snow Day!” and “There is Peace.” Several students provided accompaniment as dancers and duet/trio singers.
At Lincoln Orens, grades 5-8 were represented in a Dec. 6 show. Featured ensembles included the fifth-and sixth-grade chorus, led by Elliott Clifton; the senior string orchestra, directed by Ryan Walter; seventh- and eighth-grade chorus, led by Mr. Clifton and the concert band, led by Mario Blanco. The groups performed tunes such as “Spanish Allelu,” “Silver Bells,” “Light the Candles,” “White Christmas” and many more.
The middle school ensembles continued their symbolic custom of uniting for one culminating finale performance of, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”