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State House Holiday Concerts to Feature 3,000 Student Musicians from 53 Schools

The holiday season is upon us, and the musical talents of Rhode Island school musicians will be showcased as part of a month-long musical celebration of the holidays during the month of December.

"We're pleased to be continuing this holiday tradition of student performances at the Rhode Island State House," said Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. "Close to 3,000 student musicians from fifty-four schools throughout the state will perform at the Rhode Island State House in a special series of musical performances." The concert series starts on Monday, November 30th and runs through Friday, December 18th.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

The concert series, organized by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, will feature music of the season, performed by students from schools throughout the State of Rhode Island. The performances are all in the Rhode Island State House.

A one page holiday concert flyer can be found at http://www.arts.ri.gov/holiday

The list below is arranged by city/town. For a video that provides a glimpse of the holiday concert season at the Rhode Island State House, see an excerpt of the 2014 performance of the 3rd Grade Chorus from the Nayatt School in Barrington at http://www.arts.ri.gov/holiday-video

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

List of Holiday Concerts - Arranged by City/Town

Barrington Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Barrington Middle School 8th Grade Chorus from Barrington, under the direction of Kerri Thurber Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Barrington Middle Jazz Band from Barrington, under the direction of Dail Bienkiewicz Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Primrose Hill School Third-Grade Chorus from Barrington, under the direction of David Lauria Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Sowams School Third Grade Chorus from Barrington, under the direction of Mark Vadnais

Block Island Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 11:30 AM, the UnbelievaBELLS from Block Island, under the direction of Megan Hennessy

Chariho Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Chariho Middle School 8th Grade Chorus from Woodriver Junction, under the direction of Lynn Dowding

Coventry Tuesday, December 08, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Singing Saints from Coventry, under the direction of Mrs. Judy Burns Friday, December 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM, Feinstein Middle School - Coventry Mixed Honors Ensemble from Coventry, under the direction of Kristen St. Sauveur

Cranston Monday, December 07, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Edgewood Highland Choir from Cranston, under the direction of Grace Norton Wednesday, December 09, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Cranston East Orchestra from Cranston, under the direction of Mrs. Pamela Lowell Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM, Cranston High School West Orchestra from Cranston, under the direction of Nancy Richardson

Cumberland Tuesday, December 01, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Combined Middle School Chorus of Cumberland from Cumberland, under the direction of Shannan Davis Tuesday, December 01, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Clef Singers from Cumberland, under the direction of Janita Ducharme Wednesday, December 09, 2015 at 9:00 AM, BVP Allegro Strings from Cumberland, under the direction of Piera Leone Wednesday, December 09, 2015 at 9:15 AM, The Voices of BVP from Cumberland, under the direction of Raffi Rachdouni

East Greenwich Friday, December 04, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Cole Middle School Concert Band, Chorus and Orchestra from East Greenwich, under the direction of Brandon Levesque

East Providence Friday, December 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Riverside Middle School Concert Band from East Providence, under the direction of Mark Maguire Friday, December 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Martin Middle School Chorus from East Providence, under the direction of Robert Rappa Friday, December 11, 2015 at 11:30 AM, East Providence HS Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble from East Providence, under the direction of MaryAnn Lasorsa and Marisa Martinez-Silva Friday, December 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Riverside Middle School 7th & 8th grade chorus from Riverside, under the direction of John Baldaia

Exeter - West Greenwich Thursday, December 03, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Exeter-West Greenwich Senior High Chorus from West Greenwich, under the direction of Ron Runner

Foster-Glocester Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Ponaganset High School Chamber Chorus from North Scituate, under the direction of Derek Sabatini Monday, December 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM, Clayville Elementary and Hope Elementary Chorus from Clayville, under the direction of Charlotte Ethier

Jamestown Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Jamestown School Jazz Band from Jamestown, under the direction of Karyn Kauffman

Johnston Thursday, December 03, 2015 at 9:30 AM, St Rocco Choir from Johnston, under the direction of Cecelia Rodi

Lincoln Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Lincoln High School Choir from Lincoln, under the direction of Mr. Brandon Lahoud

Little Compton Friday, December 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Wilbur and McMahon Chorus from Little Compton, under the direction of Nicole Oriol

Narragansett Tuesday, December 01, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Narragansett Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Chorus from Narragansett, under the direction of Michael Simeone

North Kingstown Monday, December 07, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Stony Lane 3rd Grade Chorus from North Kingstown, under the direction of Susan Curzio

North Scitutate Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM, North Scituate Elementary Chorus from North Scituate, under the direction of Charlotte Ethier

Pawtucket Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:30 AM, JM Walsh School Chorus from Pawtucket, under the direction of Scott Beauregard Thursday, December 03, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Goff Jr. High Choral Ensemble and Band from Pawtucket, under the direction of Carminda Rocha Mahajan Tuesday, December 08, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Agnes Little Elementary School Chorus from Pawtucket, under the direction of Donald Dupre Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM, Curtis 4th Grade Singers and Bell Choir from Pawtucket, under the direction of Kelly Conlon

Providence Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Roger Williams Middle School Chorus from Providence, under the direction of Justine Carufel Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 11:30 AM, La Salle Academy String Orchestra from Providence, under the direction of Brian Brouillard Friday, December 04, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Paul Cuffee School 5th Grade Chorus from Providence, under the direction of Frances Candelario Friday, December 04, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Moses Brown School Chorus and String Orchestra from Providence, under the direction of Hilary Major Monday, December 07, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Carnevale Elementary/Delsesto Middle School Chorus from Providence, under the direction of Mr. Robert R. Maher, Jr. (Elementary) and Mrs. Patricia Maher (Middle) Tuesday, December 08, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Robert L. Bailey Elementary School Chorus from Providence, under the direction of Cathleen J. Markovitz Wednesday, December 09, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Mount Pleasant High School Chorus and Concert Band from Providence, under the direction of Danielle Trial Lucini Wednesday, December 09, 2015 at 11:30 AM, West Broadway Middle School Chorus from Providence, under the direction of Alex Lucini Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Nathan Bishop Handbells and Guitar Ensemble from Providence, under the direction of Debra Viau Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM, George J West Recorder and Chorus Ensemble from Providence,, under the direction of Ted Collins

Smithfield Monday, November 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Saint Philip School Chorus from Greenville, under the direction of Mrs. Melissa Roberts

South Kingstown Monday, December 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Curtis Corner Middle School Orchestra from Wakefield, under the direction of Laurette Vitello Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM, Peace Dale Grade 4 Elelemntary Chorus from Wakefield, under the direction of Christine Pierce

Warren Monday, December 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM, Kickemuit Middle School 8th Grade Band from Warren, under the direction of Mrs. Melissa Labonte

West Warwick Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11:30 AM, John F. Deering MIddle School Ensembles from West Warwick, under the direction of Patricia Bentley

Westerly Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Westerly High School Chorus from Westerly, under the direction of Sarah Ferry

Woonsocket Monday, December 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Woonsocket Middle School 7/8th Grade Chorus from Woonsocket, under the direction of John Burns and Lydia Chopoorian Monday, December 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Leo A. Savoie Elementary Chorus from Woonsocket, under the direction of Dan George Monday, December 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM, Harris Avenue Elementary School Chorus from Woonsocket, under the direction of Kimberly Picard

Related links

  • Department or agency: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
  • Online: http://www.arts.ri.gov/
  • Release date: 11-24-2015

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