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Paul Calcari’s final concert Saturday
Since 1986, Music Director Paul Calcari has created a safe haven for music students at Greenfield High School; he’s also held them to high standards, as evidenced by the awards they’ve stacked up. Retiring in his 27th year, Calcari’s final concert as musical director is Saturday and it sounds like a great show. Alumni from past years will join the school’s band and chorus. Notable returning students include Elvis tribute artist Travis LeDoyt and Kevin Duda. We’re told that Calcari will also perform with a jam band that includes some of his old high school friends from Mahar Regional School in Orange. You’ll find more details under “Music.” Our advice? Show up early, this show should be packed.

Recorder file photo/Paul Franz Paul Calcari’s final concert Saturday Since 1986, Music Director Paul Calcari has created a safe haven for music students at Greenfield High School; he’s also held them to high standards, as evidenced by the awards they’ve stacked up. Retiring in his 27th year, Calcari’s final concert as musical director is Saturday and it sounds like a great show. Alumni from past years will join the school’s band and chorus. Notable returning students include Elvis tribute artist Travis LeDoyt and Kevin Duda. We’re told that Calcari will also perform with a jam band that includes some of his old high school friends from Mahar Regional School in Orange. You’ll find more details under “Music.” Our advice? Show up early, this show should be packed. Purchase photo reprints »

A collection of holiday songs, sung in an array of languages, will highlight the Greenfield High School’s upcoming concert — which will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the school.

Between the high school concert and the upcoming Pioneer Valley Symphony performance, the high school musicians have about 26 songs ready to go, said Music Director Paul Calcari.

The high school show will begin with the concert band, made up of eighth-graders as well as high school musicians.

The band will perform a “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” medley, and then follow up with the classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

The musicians will then take on “African Bell Carol” and conclude with a European folk piece, “Farandole.”

Then, three chorus groups — the eighth grade chorus, high school concert chorus and select choir — will perform a total of 16 holiday songs. The collection includes Christmas classics like “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Silver Bells,” as well as Jewish songs “Hanukkah’s Child” and “Ma Navu.”

The concert concludes with the band’s rendition of “White Christmas.”

It will be Calcari’s final holiday concert as director of the Greenfield music program. After 27 years, he will retire this coming spring.

And since it’s his last holiday show, there just may be some surprises up his sleeve.

There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted.

— CHRIS SHORES

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