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DSW Christmas Concert on December 9, 2014

O du fröhliche Weihnachtszeit“ – these words were not only   heard during our annual Christmas Concert, but singers, musicians and listeners alike felt the spirit of Christmas during this concert.  The church was packed and everybody enjoyed the lovely performance of the Elementary School ensembles (Cond. : Dr. Andrew Brown). They truly enchanted the whole audience. The Middle School Choir impressed with traditional carols as well as with the well-arranged „Best day of my life“ (Solo: Livia B.-McK.).

The DSW Orchestra  beautifully performed variations on a theme by Händel and  blended perfectly with the voices of the Middle School Choir (Cond.: Christiane Becker) while performing “Let it go“ (Solo: Charlotte N.). Following this first highlight, the High School Choir first  played wonderful soft ballad sounds before it showed its ability to groove a cappella by singing “Shackles” (Solo: Natalia P.). Classical music indeed is Michael Haydns „Prope est Dominus“ sung by the German-American-Choir (Cond.: Rasmus Frederich), in which parents, teachers and friends of the German School sing jointly. Together with the High School Choir they performed a great „Light come down“, with an enticed audience clapping to the beat enthusiastically. Both choirs had already impressed their listeners with their performance at the Heurich House, Washington D.C. the weekend before.

The final highlight of this annual Christmas Concert was “Look at the world“, harmoniously and brightly performed by all ensembles of the DSW Middle and High School together.

With about one hundred musicians and singers on stage, this annual Christmas Concert underlines the importance of the DSW music program for the school as well as for the German community. This was also apparent by the high number of people who filled the Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Combining challenging musical pieces and grooving songs, alternating between traditional, classical and popular music and singing in different languages emphasized the diversity which is a crucial part of the German School Washington. The Music Department always aims to transform this splendid diversity into richsound.

We thank the students, our colleagues, the parents, the Head of School, the Board of Directors, the administration and the bus department for their ongoing help and support.

Also, a special support was the wonderful poster designed by our student Natascha L. (11b).

Anyone wants to experience the joy of making music together is very welcome to join the ensembles. The joint singing of “Silent Night, Holy Night” made it obvious: There is a lot of talent still hiding in the audience.

 

Rasmus Frederich, StR

Head of Music Department

 

Would you like  to join ? Please contact us:

Dr. Andrew Brown (Ensembles of the Elementary School): a.brown@dswash.org

Christiane Becker (Middle School Choir, Orchestra): c.becker@dswash.org

Rasmus Frederich (Student’s Choir (Grade 8-12), German-American-Choir): r.frederich@dswash.org

 

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