, Newburyport, MA

December 7, 2012

Whittier chorus rocking in the holiday

Newburyport Daily News

---- — AMESBURY — It’s a rock and roll holiday at Whittier Tech this year. And the 30-member chorus, known as The Whittier Players, is taking its show on the road on Thursday, Dec. 13, to brighten the holidays for area seniors.

The chorus will provide the entertainment for the Amesbury senior citizens’ 27th annual Holiday Party. Doors at Holy Family Parish Hall open at 10:45 a.m. and a turkey dinner with all the fixings will be served at 12:15 p.m. The Whittier Players will perform at 11:15 a.m.

Amesbury invites area seniors to join them for the party. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Call 978-388-8138 for information or reservations.

Later that night, the Whittier Players will present a free Winter Concert featuring songs from Queen and Bruce Springsteen as well as traditional holiday favorites in the school auditorium in Haverhill at 7 p.m.

The chorus will be accompanied at the school concert by live music from student and faculty musicians playing guitars, keyboards and drums. The night’s musical selections will include “Seasons of Love,” “Believe,” “Candle Light Silent Night,” “The Snow’s Gotta Go,” “Holiday Medley,” “This Shall Be for Music,” “Double Trouble,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Keep Yourself Alive,” “You’re My Best Friend” and “Under Pressure.”

Music Director Linda Urban said she chose the rock and roll songs because she wanted to give student musicians a venue to perform. Whittier does not have a band program, but Urban teaches guitar and keyboard lessons during a music appreciation class. Four students will play guitar, bass and drums in the show.

The musicians are Greg Vlahous and Kyle Kroboth on guitars, Ryan Kotowski on bass, Stephen Stasio on drums and Madison Fahey on keyboards.

Chorus members are sopranos Rayleen Brown, Chrisahna Fuller, Sarah Hammond, Meghan Ridley, Karissa Banks, Abigail Gilmore, Myranda Cote, Tiffany Soucy, Abigail Monson, Rachael Garrison, Kimberly Roy and Samantha Scheidler; altos Maggie Stokes, Nasrin Musa, Anna Villers-Forte, Megan Lucey, Sarah Zompa, Ambur Marks, Adelia Purdy, Anna Slejzer, Dominique Bridges, Kathryn Girard and Natalie Finn; tenors James Clark, Nate Bernard and Sam Roof; and baritones Paul Terry, Dalton Clark, Matheau Giovannetti.and Sean Mulcahy.