Oct 14

Boo!

Below are songs for 3rd and 4th grade choir members to rehearse for the Halloween Show, Saturday, October 26 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at Barton Hills Elementary.

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Dec 03

On Sunday evening, December 2, a record crowd gathered in Zilker Park for the annual lighting of the Zilker Holiday Tree. Since the founding of the Barton Hills Choir in 2009 they have been a featured performer for this event, and this year no one needed a coat since the temperature was nearly 80 degrees.

If you couldn’t be there (or just want to relive the fun) here are recordings of the songs from the event made by Michael Hall:

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Musicians:
Aaron Dembe – guitar
Jason Brint – bass
Randy Franklin – mandolin
Jake Perlman – snare drum
Tom Treanor – percussion
Barton Hills Choir 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade members – vocals

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Nov 29

Below are seven songs from the Nutcracker Suite for 4th graders to practice for their upcoming performance.

Arabian bounce

Candy bounce

Chinese bounce

March bounce

Russian bounce

Sugar Plum Fairies

Waltz bounce

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Fun facts:

  • The Nutcracker ballet with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18th, 1892. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”
  • The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is famous for it’s use of an instrument called the celesta that appears similar to an upright piano but sounds similar to a glockenspiel. Composer John Williams’ scores for the first three Harry Potter films make prominent use of the celesta.
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