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TFHS performs Winter Concert Thursday

  • Great Falls Middle School students, from left, Maddie LeBourgne, Izzy Vachula-Curtis, Isabella Johnson and Shaellyn Garvin, rehearse with music teacher Kayla Dedischew for the upcoming holiday concert at Turners Falls High School, Dec. 4, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Great Falls Middle School sixth graders Julia Dickinson, from left, Ripley Dresser, and Kiarah Pinkham rehearse their tap dancing routine Tuesday for the upcoming holiday concert at Turners Falls High School, Dec. 4, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little



Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 05, 2018

MONTAGUE — Celebrate the holiday season with song.

The annual holiday concert at the Turners Falls High School is Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be performances, including holiday or winter-themed songs performed by choruses and bands, as well as a tap dance and solo singing performances that students have been working on since September.

Familiar songs like “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree” and original works will be played throughout the evening. Musical teacher Kayla Dedischew said there will not only be a student revealing an original instrumental song, but there will also be a world premiere of a song composed for middle school students. The work for the song “Somos los dueños” began last year, when Laura Krider from ChoralQuest reached out to Dedischew and connected her with a composer. The composer, Judd Greenstein of Gill, wanted to compose a song for children.

Greenstein said he wanted the lyrics written first, and as a group activity, the middle school music classes submitted entries for the lyrics. Christa Turner’s lyrics were chosen.

“We made an advanced course with some of the top singers in the school to learn to perform the complicated song,” Dedischew said. “It’s a challenging song in pitches, it’s hard to conceptualize.”

Students in the chorus said while learning the song was a challenge, they can’t wait to perform. Bella Johnson, a seventh-grader, said she is excited to perform.

“To me the song means that you, and only you, can live your life and control your life and destiny,” Johnson said. “The song is a little unexpected and a little weird, but in a good way.”

Another seventh-grader, McKenzie Girard, said she liked the song, even though it was challenging.

“It was a little hard to learn the pitches,” Girard said. “Once we learned the song, it was fun to sing it.”

Dedischew said the song has allowed her students a once-in-lifetime opportunity.

“It’s a great experience of having a song commissioned for the school — it’s so different and unique,” Dedischew said. “The concert marks the world premiere of the song. I’m so glad these students can have this experience.”