Series of holiday concerts begins on Sunday

Grady County student musicians have been busy preparing for upcoming holiday concerts and local residents will not want to miss any of them.
The Cairo High School Bands will present the 64th annual Christmas Concert this Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the CHS auditorium.
The bands are under the direction of Michael Thomas.
The combined Cairo High School Symphonic and Concert Bands will perform Fanfare and Procession on an Old English Carol by Robert W. Smith; Sledders’ Carnival by Len Orcino; and Holiday Cheer by Paul Lavendar.
The CHS Symphony Band will be performing Dashing Through the Snow arranged by Richard L. Saucedo; Nativity by James Curnow; and Ring the Bells on Christmas Day by Ed Huckeby.
The program will end with the ensembles combing to perform O Come, All Ye Faithful.
On Monday night, Dec. 10, the Cairo High School Choral Concert will be performed at Cairo First United Methodist Church. The choral Yule concert begins at 7 p.m.
Featured will be the Advanced Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, and the Beginning Women’s Choir.
Traditional classics like O Holy Night, Carol of the Bells, and more will be performed.
The audience will also be asked to join in singing Christmas hymns including O Come, All Ye Faithful, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear and Silent Night.
Soloists at the choral concert will include Tybria Williams, Kiera Crawford, Ciji Pearson, Lynsey Johnson, and Sydney Lee.
The choirs are under the baton of Director Michael Inlow and Ed Self will accompany the choirs on the First United Methodist Church pipe organ.
Then on Thursday, Dec. 13, the Whigham Band will host its Christmas concert at the Whigham School auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.
The series of holiday performances by student musicians and vocalists concludes Monday, Dec. 17, with the concert by the Shiver Band at 7 p.m.
The Washington Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Band and the WMS Chorus performed its joint concert Monday night, Dec. 3, in the WMS gym before a packed house.
The WMS band is under the direction of Patrick Ballew and the choir is under the baton of Erica Edwards.

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