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State House Holiday Concerts to Feature 3,000 Student Musicians from 57 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. "Over 3,000 student musicians from fifty-seven schools throughout the state will perform at the Rhode Island State House in a special series of musical performances."

The concert series starts on Tuesday, November 29th and runs through Thursday, December 22nd. 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 2015 performance of the Ponaganset Chamber Chorus from Ponaganset High School in Foster-Glocester 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 Monday, December 5 at 11:30am, Nayatt School Third Grade Chorus from Barrington, under the direction of Mark Vadnais Tuesday, December 6 at 9:30am, Primrose Hill 3rd Grade Chorus from Barrington, under the direction of Justin Burde Wednesday, December 21 at 9:30am, Sowams School Third Grade Chorus from Barrington, under the direction of Mark Vadnais Thursday, December 22 at 10:30am, Barrington Middle School 8th Grade Chorus from Barrington, under the direction of Kerri Thurber Thursday, December 22 at 11:30am, Barrington Middle School Jazz Band from Barrington, under the direction of Dail Bienkiewicz

Block Island Thursday, December 15 at 11:30am, The UnbelievaBELLS from Block Island, under the direction of Megan Hennessy

Chariho Wednesday, December 14 at 10:30am, Chariho Middle School 8th Grade Chorus from Wood River Junction, under the direction of Lynn Dowding

Coventry Tuesday, November 29 at 10:30am, Western and Tiogue Elementary School Choruses from Coventry, under the direction of Maria Dinitto Wednesday, November 30 at 9:30am, Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School Select Chorus and Concert Band from Coventry, under the direction of Scarlett St. Martin Wednesday, December 7 at 10:30am, Coventry High School Concert Ensembles from Coventry, under the direction of Kristen St. Sauveur Monday, December 19 at 9:30am, Fr. John V. Doyle School Singing Saints from Coventry, under the direction of Judy Burns

Cranston Tuesday, December 13 at 10:30am, Cranston High School East Orchestra from Cranston, under the direction of Pamela lowell Tuesday, December 20 at 10:30am, Cranston High School West Orchestra from Cranston, under the direction of Nancy Richardson

Cumberland Friday, December 2 at 9:00am, Cumberland High School Clef Singers from Cumberland, under the direction of Janita Ducharme Friday, December 2 at 9:30am, Combined Chorus of McCourt and North Cumberland Middle Schools from Cumberland, under the direction of Shannan Davis Tuesday, December 20 at 9:00am, Blackstone Valley Prep Allegro Strings from Cumberland, under the direction of Piera Leone

East Greenwich Monday, December 19 at 10:30am, Cole Middle School Music from East Greenwich, under the direction of Megan Catelli, Brandon Levesque and Jennifer Armstrong

East Providence Wednesday, November 30 at 11:30am, St. Mary Academy-Bay View Orchestra from East Providence, under the direction of Mrs. Stephanie Isidoro Thursday, December 1 at 9:30am, Riverside Middle School Concert Band from East Providence, under the direction of Mark Maguire Friday, December 9 at 10:30am, Martin Middle School Chorus from East Providence, under the direction of Robert Rappa Friday, December 9 at 11:30am, East Providence High School Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble from East Providence, under the direction of MaryAnn Lasorsa and Marisa Martinez Wednesday, December 21 at 10:30am, Riverside Middle School 7th & 8th grade Combined Chorus from East Providence, under the direction of John Baldaia

Exeter - West Greenwich Monday, December 12 at 9:30am, The Exeter-West Greenwich Senior High Chorus from West Greenwich, under the direction of Ronald Runner Thursday, December 8 at 11:30am, Deering Middle School Ensembles from West Warwick, under the direction of Patricia Bentley

Foster-Gloucester Monday, December 19 at 11:30am, Ponaganset High School Chamber Chorus from North Scituate, under the direction of Derek Sabatini

Jamestown Friday, December 9 at 9:30am, Jamestown Jazz Band from Jamestown, under the direction of Karyn Kauffman

Johnston Monday, December 5 at 10:30am, St Rocco Choir from Johnston, under the direction of CECELIA RODI Friday, December 16 at 9:30am, Ferri Middle School Select Chorus and Band from Johnston, under the direction of Tom Conlon, Chorus Director and Pat Aubin, Band Director

Lincoln Monday, December 5 at 9:30am, Lincoln High School Choir from Lincoln, under the direction of Mr. Brandon Lahoud

Little Compton Thursday, December 15 at 9:30am, Wilbur & McMahon 7th and 8th Grade Chorus from Little Compton, under the direction of Nicole Oriol

Narragansett Wednesday, November 30 at 10:30am, Narragansett Pier Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Chorus from Narragansett, under the direction of Michael Simeone

North Kingstown Tuesday, November 29 at 9:30am, Davisville Middle School 8th Grade Strings from North Kingstown, under the direction of Brenda Young-Runner

North Providence Wednesday, December 7 at 11:30am, North Providence Middle School Select Band from North Providence, under the direction of Greg Berger

Pawtucket Wednesday, December 14 at 11:30am, JM Walsh School for the Arts Chorus from Pawtucket, under the direction of Scott Beauregard Friday, December 16 at 11:30am, Shea High School Classic Noise (Glee Club) from Pawtucket, under the direction of Annie Lagace Thursday, December 22 at 9:30am, Goff Middle School Concert Band from Pawtucket, under the direction of Donald Dupre

Providence Thursday, December 1 at 10:30am, Lillian Feinstein Elementary Classical Guitar Ensemble from Providence, under the direction of Wayne Kilcline Wednesday, December 7 at 9:30am, Roger Williams Middle School Chorus from Providence, under the direction of Justine Carufel Thursday, December 8 at 10:30am, Nathan Bishop Middle School Chorus and Handbells from Providence, under the direction of Debra Viau Thursday, December 15 at 10:30am, Nathanael Greene 8th grade Band from Providence, under the direction of James Suchodolski Monday, December 19 at 9:00am, Paul Cuffee Lower School Chorus from Providence, under the direction of Christian Staton Tuesday, December 20 at 11:30am, Mount Pleasant High School Chorus and Band from Providence, under the direction of Danielle Trial Lucini Tuesday, December 20 at 12 noon, West Broadway Middle School Chorus from Providence, under the direction of Alex Lucini

Scituate Tuesday, December 13 at 9:30am, North Scituate Elementary School Chorus from North Scituate, under the direction of Charlotte Ethier Monday, December 12 at 10:30am, Clayville Elementary School Chorus and Hope Elementary School Chorus from Clayville, under the direction of Charlotte Ethier

Smithfield Thursday, December 1 at 11:30am, Saint Philip Shool Chorus from Smithfield, under the direction of Melissa Roberts Tuesday, December 6 at 10:30am, Smithfield High School Chorus from Smithfield, under the direction of Katherine Young Tuesday, December 6 at 11:00am, Smithfield High School Band from Smithfield, under the direction of Kelly Chartier

South Kingstown Friday, December 16 at 10:30am, Peace Dale Elementary Chorus from South Kingstown, under the direction of Christine Pierce

Warwick Friday, December 2 at 10:30am, St. Rose of Lima Chorus from Warwick, under the direction of Mrs. Lorraine Gagnon Friday, December 2 at 11:30am, Toll Gate HS Jazz Combo from Warwick, under the direction of Nicholas Reed Tuesday, December 6 at 11:30am, Winman Jr. High School Chorale and Orchestra from Warwick, under the direction of Kristine Gervais

Westerly Wednesday, December 21 at 11:30am, Westerly High School Chorus from Westerly, under the direction of Sarah Ferry

Woonsocket Tuesday, December 13 at 11:30am, Harris Elementary Singers from Woonsocket, under the direction of Kimberly Picard Wednesday, December 14 at 9:00am, Woonsocket Middle School 7th Grade Chorus from Woonsocket, under the direction of Lydia Chopoorian and Daniel George Wednesday, December 14 at 9:30am, Woonsocket Middle School 8th Grade Chorus from Woonsocket, under the direction of Lydia Chopoorian and Daniel George

Related links

  • Department or agency: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
  • Online: http://www.arts.ri.gov/
  • Release date: 11-17-2016

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