OSWEGO – Scores of Charles E. Riley Elementary School students put community members in the holiday spirit during their annual winter concert.
The crowd packed the Ralph Fraust Theatre of the Performing Arts at Oswego High School to hear Christmas classics and joyous tunes from several chorus, band and orchestra performances.
CER’s orchestra members opened the show with “A Celtic Christmas Fantasy” and “Christmas Sampler.”
Orchestra director Brian McIllroy said “Carol of the Bells” was a challenging piece, but their hard work and dedication was proven during their stellar performance.
The school’s honor choir beautifully performed “It Don’t Mean a Thing if if Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Blue Skies,” and “White Christmas,” while the concert band, directed by Kristen Jorgensen, played the soft tune “Simple Gifts of Christmas” before ending with the fast-paced “Santa’s Angry Elves.”
A rousing performance of the Polynesian canoeing song, “Tongo” was given by all CER chorus members in grades three through six before the third graders showed off their vocal talents – and sweet dance moves — with “The Reindeer Twist.”
“How Doth the Little Crocodile” was the fourth grade chorus’ selection and the fifth grade and sixth grade combined chorus performed “Jentends le Moulin.” Keziah Angeleri, Liam Hinman, Kylie Pratt and Halia Trapasso performed the descant during “When I Close My Eyes” during the sixth grade chorus song choice, and the all-combined chorus was ecstatic to sing “There is a Santa Claus” from “Elf the Musical.”
All students erupted in cheer when choral director Ceara Windhausen announced at the end of the concert that the CER annual musical will be “Seussical the Musical.”
The Oswego City School District has continued to support the arts, as each elementary school, the middle school and high school also offered holiday performances.