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Burgess students ring in Christmas season



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The Burgess Choral Ensemble performs for classmates and faculty in a matinee concert Tuesday morning. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
December 15, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Certain sights and sounds instantly elicit warm feelings during the holiday season. Christmas lights, ringing bells, and eggnog rank high on the list, as do the angelic voices of elementary school students singing Christmas carols.

On Tuesday, Dec. 14, students from Burgess Elementary School instilled that Christmas spirit in their classmates, parents, and teachers with two concerts, one at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The morning concert was for students and teachers only, parents were invited to attend the nightcap.

The concerts began with performances from the fifth- and sixth-grade Advanced Band, which includes approximately 65 students. After the band performed, the Burgess Choral Ensemble performed several songs with Christmas and winter themes. One of the audiences' favorite tunes was a song highlighting every student's love of snow days. Both concerts concluded with music from the Burgess Jazz Band.

"We are very proud of our fine arts department here at the Burgess Elementary School," said Principal Daniel Carlson. "We do our best to provide students with a well-rounded education, and the music program has been very strong in recent years due to the support of parents and our teaching staff."

The Burgess Jazz Band and fifth- and sixth-grade Advanced Band are led by music teacher Danny Minchoff, while the Chorus and Choral Ensemble is directed by music teacher Robert Krilovich. The bands practice on Wednesday afternoons, and the chorus meets on Friday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. Both bands and the Chorus and Choral Ensemble began preparing their music for these concerts back in early October, and their hard work paid off in the form of two excellent concerts. In addition to singing, the Chorus and Choral Ensemble also featured a creative presentation to their audiences in which three students described the various songs that were performed.

"Many hours of preparation went into these concerts, and we were glad to see the students put forth such a great effort," Carlson added. Dan and Bob have done a really great job with the band and choral ensemble."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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