To start the holiday season, Maine West band, choir, and orchestra students are performing in the Prism Concert tonight, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Maine West theater.
From jazz to holiday songs, Prism Concert will have a variety of music genres to engage the audience during their performance. “I just tried to choose a wide variety of songs across all the choirs,” choral director James Schiffer said, “so, fast, slow, some representing Hanukkah, some representing Christmas, some that are more just winter themed,” Schiffer added. The audience will sit in the middle of the performers, as they create a prism of sound.
“For choir, we’re doing a version of the ‘First Noel’ and it’s got some really good harmonies that sound really good, so it’ll be nice to hear them,” senior Zachary Nelson said.
Because the Prism Concert is different than an individual concert, the audience doesn’t clap until at the very end of each song. “The idea of it is just one continuous quilt of music and sound for an hour and half,” choral director James Schiffer said. “Then the audience, at the very end, will applaud, so that’s something different. Just the whole aspect of continuous music is very cool,” Schiffer added.
After several months of preparation and rehearsals last week, “I feel proud of myself and everyone else who has worked really hard. We work every day in class and after school sometimes too,” senior Anna Blackburn said.