Riverdale Music Concerts

The Riverdale School District will be holding a couple of upcoming music concerts, put on by the elementary, middle and high school bands.

The Riverdale Elementary School kindergarten through 4th grade students will present their annual Holiday Concert on Wednesday, December 16th at 2:00 pm in the REMS gymnasium. The program will feature each of the grades presenting Holiday songs and carols from different cultures across the world. The songs will include, "O Christmas Tree," "O Come Little Children," "Deck the Halls," "The Friendly Beasts," "Christmas Lullaby," "O Hanukkah," "The Pinata Song," "Up on the Housetop/Jolly Old St. Nicholas," and "Around the World at Christmas Time."

On Monday, December 14th at 7:00 pm in the High School gym, the Riverdale music department will feature its middle and high school bands and choirs to help ring in the holiday season. The choirs will perform both secular and sacred music, including some traditional Christmas carols and some holiday melodies presented in a new way. The middle school choir will sing "Winterlight", and "South of the Border", with the latter including the We Three Kings melody, which you will hear if you are listening carefully. The high school choir will show you a new take on "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" from the Nutcracker using nonsense syllables like Fa, la, and Plum to imitate the orchestral instruments. The rest of the program includes the traditional "Coventry Carol," a beautiful piece arranged by Victor Johnson called "Stars I Shall Find," and "African Noel."

The bands will also perform sacred and secular music. The middle school band will perform a holiday inspired song called, "And the Bells Shall Ring" followed by "Tu Ungane," a song influenced by the tradition of Kwanzaa. The high school band will open the evening with a flourish called, "Fanfare Prelude on Joy To The World." They will follow that with a transcription of Giovanni Gabrieli's Sonata Pian e forte and another Kwanzaa inspired song called "Imani."

The bell choir will perform two pieces. The first is a rather non-traditional setting of a familiar Christmas song, called "Jangle Bells." The work is somewhat reminiscent of the music from Tim Burton's "A Nightmare Before Christmas ." The second is a lovely setting of "Silent Night."

The concert will finish with the combined bands and choirs performing a piece together called "Christmas Finale." This piece contains three classic carols: Joy to the World, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, and O Come All Ye Faithful. Both concerts are free and open to the public.