Dickinson High to host Christmas concert
The Dickinson High School choir and band will perform its Christmas concert Mon., Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.
Two of the three choirs will perform all seven pieces, and the freshman choir will sing in four of them. The band will perform four pieces: scenes from "The Nutcracker", "Grown Up Christmas List," "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Sleigh Ride". Then choir and band will perform the final song together, "Holiday Favorites."
Goettle selected some of his favorite pieces for the concert that he's done in the past with success. Band director, Abigail Oase, chose pieces that were "challenging, recognizable and fun to perform."
"I think that they're going to hear a lot of their favorites," said Matthew Goettle, choir director. "There's something for everybody at the concert, from music from movies like "Polar Express" and "Home Alone". The choir's going to be singing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." There are both secular and sacred pieces, so I think it will be enjoyable for everybody."
Senior choir student Isaac Mills' favorite song this Christmas is "Somewhere in my Memory" from "Home Alone."
"It brings so many memories to me growing up with that movie along with the fact it is peaceful with holiday spirit," he said.
Mills and Goettle encourage the community to attend to get in the Christmas spirit.
"I think it will bring joy to their life. Music just has a way of bringing people together," Goettle said.
The public is welcome to attend the concert, which will be held in May Hall's Stickney Auditorium at Dickinson State University.
"The stage here isn't big enough for the choirs and the band to perform together on, and when we put the band and choir together, I think with the students and audiences combined, we wouldn't be able to fit everybody in there for seating either," Goettle said.
The cost is $4 per adult, $2 per student or $10 per family.
Both choir and band director are new to the high school this year. Prior to coming to Dickinson, Goettle taught in Scobey, MT for 15 years and Oase taught in Killdeer for 8 years.