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Tuesday Concert Expected To Draw A Large Crowd


The Ponca City High School Concert Band, Symphony Orchestras, and Steel Drum Band will present a Holiday Concert Tuesday night, December 13. The program will begin at 7:00 in the High School Howell Auditorium.    The orchestras are under the direction of Dan Larson, with assistants Paula Cochran and Katie Rolf.  The bands are headed by David Christy, with assistants Keith Crocker and Andrew Orr.

Opening the concert will be the Ponca City High School Concert Band.  They will be performing five selections.  They will open with The Avengers, arranged by Michael Brown.  This will be followed by In the Bleak Midwinter, arranged by Gustav Holst; A Charlie Brown Christmas, arranged by Paul Murtha; and The Polar Express, arranged by Michael Story.  They will close with Jingle Bells, arranged by Jay Dawson.

The Steel Drum Band, under the direction of Andrew Orr, will perform a couple of festive selections.  First up will be Ayko-Ayko, as arranged by Jeff Neitzke.  They will conclude with Deck the Halls, arranged by Aaron Ziegler.

The Ponca City High School Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage to complete the evening.  They will open with It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Eddie Pola and George Wyle, arranged by Bob Cerulli. Next will be Carol of the Bells: Ukrainian Christmas Carol by Leontovich-Wilhousky, arranged by Richard Hayman.  The Symphony will then perform two movements from The Nutcracker Suite by Russian composer Peter Ilich Tschaikovsky.  They are Trepak (Danse Russe) and Waltz of the Flowers.   Up next is Wizards in Winter, as performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, by Paul O’Neill and Robert Kinkel, and arranged by Bob Phillips.  Bringing the concert to a conclusion will be A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson. This is a high-energy medley of several traditional holiday tunes.

This evening of holiday music presented by the Ponca City High School Instrumental Music Department has no admission charge.  The Ponca City High School Big Blue Marching Band earned a Superior (1) Rating at OSSAA Regional Marching Contest this fall and the Ponca City High School Symphony Strings earned a Superior (1) Rating at the OSSAA State String Orchestra Contest in November.  The community is cordially invited to attend and hear these outstanding ensembles.