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Music department holds “Winter Festival”

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Jake Pfeiffer
Sophomore Adam Fleming performs with Central’s Trombone Choir at the music department’s “Winter Festival” on Dec. 8.

Naperville Central’s music department held its annual combined “Winter Festival”  on Dec. 8, featuring ensembles from the orchestra, band, and choir programs. 

The “Winter Festival” has been a tradition in some form at NCHS for 17 years, and has existed in its current form since 2015, featuring a variety of ensembles performing holiday music. 

“Music used to be a part of the humanities department so we used to host something that was called ‘An Evening with the Humanities’ which was band, choir, orchestra, art, and some historical things that would be included in the performances,” band director Brandon Estes said. “When the departments changed, we didn’t have anything for a number of years, and around 2015, we said we really want to do something [together].” 

Each program had around 10 groups play in the concert. These ensembles included every curricular ensemble, as well as extracurricular groups like the Jazz Studio Orchestra, Flute Choir and Bella Corda. There was minimal pause between performances – once one ensemble finished their piece, the lights would go down, then another ensemble would start their piece in a different part of the auditorium, meant to ensure smooth transitions between performances.

The concert was livestreamed for performers to watch backstage. This was done with assistance from HawkTV and Theater Central’s Tech Crew.

Two shows were performed, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 8:30, each featuring a different lineup of ensembles. Each show concluded with every ensemble filling the auditorium for a combined performance of “It’s the Holiday Season.”

“It’s a great opportunity for our Fine Arts Music Department to come together,” Estes said. “We’ve got a great music department here, great colleagues, great students and strong musicians.” 

Junior Amogha Nair is a violinist in the Chamber Orchestra. Nair said she always looks forward to this concert. 

“I would say it’s the biggest school music event I [participate] in,” Nair said. “I get to play Christmas music with my friends and it’s just a fun time.”

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Elaine Zhou
Elaine Zhou, Features Editor
Elaine Zhou is a junior, and this is her second year with Central Times. Elaine is a lover of all types of writing- especially ones telling the stories of people around her. Along with being a student journalist, she is the vice president of Chinese Club, a staff of Literary Magazine, a member of Yearbook and a violinist. She is currently addicted to retail therapy, stationary and is gaslighting herself to like biology for the rest of her life. 
Jake Pfeiffer
Jake Pfeiffer, Editor-in-Chief
Jake Pfeiffer is a senior, entering his third year on the Central Times staff, this time as Editor-in-Chief. Jake joined CT as a sophomore because he wanted to write news, but since then he has grown to love just about every element of journalism. While it is rare to see Jake anywhere other than the CT office, occasionally you can find him captaining Central’s debate team, watching baseball, listening to a seemingly endless amount of podcasts or drowning in college applications.
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