Music lovers from Culver City High School and the surrounding community were treated to a great night of vocal and instrumental entertainment last Friday night, as the AVPA Music Department presented their “Seasons Greetings” concert at the Robert Frost Auditorium.
Dr. Tony Spano, Creative Director of Music for the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, led a varied program that featured the CCHS Concert Choir, AVPA String Ensemble, CCHS Concert Band, AVPA Chamber Singers, and three different jazz combos.
The evening began with a jazz combo, who warmed up the audience with jazz standards Night and Day and Samba De Orfeu. Guest director Dr. Tania Fleischer then conducted the 23-member AVPA String Ensemble in two pieces: Sweet Moment (Alan Lee Silva) and Palladio (Karl Jenkins). Dr. Spano returned to direct the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Concert Band through multi-cultural holiday favorites, interspersed with jazz combos who played popular standards by Duke Ellington. At the end of the evening, instrumentalists and singers joined together onstage for a Grand Finale of Deck the Halls, Up on the Housetop, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Over the River and Through the Woods, and the perennial favorite, Jingle Bells. A spirited audience joined in for the sing-along and left the concert with a tune in their ear and a smile on their collective faces!