Arts organizations spread holiday spirit with virtual performances

Rhapsody in Blue members perform the song "Man with the Bag" in coordinated holiday-colored outfits.

Bringing holiday cheer | Rhapsody in Blue members perform the song “Man with the Bag” in coordinated holiday-colored outfits.

Choir, band, orchestra and drama produced virtual holiday performances before winter break began, all of which are available on YouTube for students and families to access. 

The “Home For the Holidays” virtual choir concert including the five choir ensembles premiered on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.. Practicing since August, the choir students individually submitted videos for the compilation of solos and group performances with songs including “Into the Unknown” by Idina Menzel, “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Iz Kamakawiwoʻole, “Christmas Time is Here” by Vince Guaraldi and “Man With the Bag” by Kay Starr. 

“Communication and working together as a team is key,” sophomore Rhapsody in Blue member Betty He said. “The concert’s end result was pretty good and I’m proud of that. It was interesting to see all the groups sing together.”

The “Home for the Holidays” virtual instrumental music concert, which debuted on Dec.15 at 7 p.m., included performances from all Walnut High School orchestra and band ensembles, along with the Diamond Bar High School Marching Band and Suzanne Middle School Challenger Orchestra and Band. The hour and 24 minute long concert compiled individually recorded videos of the student musicians as they all performed holiday music, including “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”. 

“In general, playing instruments online through distance learning has been a bit difficult,”  sophomore flutist Sarah Kumagai said. “But I think [the concert] was pretty cool because we really haven’t gotten to play where you can hear everybody since March of last school year.”

Drama’s “A Christmas Carol” radio play featured drama students reading the Christmas story aloud. The project was recorded through Zoom, and was later edited and arranged with sound effects and images to be aired on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m..

“We really had to make [the reading] work with our voices and just try to feel a connection through the screen,” advanced drama junior Jensine Yu said. “People should check it out because it would mean a lot for [drama] to get a little bit of light and exposure for the school to know that our program is still here and still standing.”

By Sophia Parungao, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Walnut High School Choir