BWHS musicians playing beautiful music for their 2018 Holiday Concert. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
BWHS musicians playing beautiful music for their 2018 Holiday Concert. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

BALDWIN, WI – Last Sunday, December 9, 2018 the Baldwin-Woodville High School (BWHS) Performing Arts Center was filled twice, once in the afternoon at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. for the marvelous BWHS Holiday Concerts. The Holiday Concerts of beautiful seasonal music also helped the talented music students prepare for their future upcoming performances and competitions. The bands are under the masterful direction of Mr. Adam Bassak and choirs are directed by the talented Corissa Vought.

The Holiday Concert program began with four grand pieces of music performed by the B-W Concert Band. The first number “Flourish For Winds” was a stirring fanfare that set the tone for the rest of the concert. The remaining numbers were: “Salvation Is Created,” “Havendance,” and lastly the peppy “Ease On Down The Road” from the Wiz.

Next up was a delightful seasonal rendition of “Here We Come A Caroling” by the BWHS Vocal Jazz and Glee Club done very nicely in a capella, as were most of the choral pieces.

The St. Croix Valley Voices choral group then did a fantastic “Winter Wonderland.”

The BWHS Jazz Ensemble set up on the main floor and a few steps up the stage for a masterful performance of “Silver Bells” with a powerful sax trio solo featuring Paige Turner, Dillan Lyons, and Britney Serafina. It was really well done and a delight to hear!

Following the Jazz Ensemble was the full stage of voices of the Combined Choirs singing John Rutter’s beautiful “Star Carol.”

With a scene change to assemble the risers, the Treble Choir next sang with “Kling, Glöcken, Kling!” (Ring, Bells, Ring!). They then followed with the hot number by Mariah Carey of “All I Want for Christmas is You” with ‘Diva Mariah’ soloists Kendra Ombati and Melody Gorman -- fantastic! That had the audience giving those two ladies wild applause that was well earned.

The Concert Choir performed three more masterful pieces for the holiday season with “Carol of the Bells,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and a great moving “O Come, All Ye Faithful” with some choreography on the risers; Mr. Eric Becker was on the hand drums and underclassman Ian Corrigan belted out an incredible solo in this traditional song with an untraditional arrangement. It also featured a nice trio. Very nicely done!

The afternoon concert featured the choir with the Baldwin-Woodville Area String Ensemble; the evening performance was with Mrs. Julie Hanson on piano for the lovely performances of “Winter Wonderland” with solos by Natalie Maino and Lillie Smith.

As is the tradition at BWHS this exquisite set of concerts for the season closed with the audience invited to come up and join the Choirs in singing the powerful “Hallelujah Chorus” by G.F. Handel.

Following the concerts both directors Vought and Bassek were asked by the Woodville Leader for some additional comments and this is what they said.

Baldwin-Woodville High School Choir Director Corissa Vought shared this with our readers: “The choir department is excited to head into its winter season. The students will be participating in SCVMEA Honors Choir January 4th-5th, auditioning for Wisconsin State Honors Choir February 2nd, performing in the 7th-12th Grade Choir Festival February 11th, and competing at District Solo and Ensemble Festival February 23rd. BWHS's show choir, Glee Club, and two jazz/a capella choirs, St. Croix Valley Voices and BW Vocal Jazz will get into full rehearsal swing as they prepare for winter and spring performances. BWHS Choir students will get the opportunity to not only hone their solo and small ensemble skills, but continue to develop as a choir and community.”

BWHS Director of Bands Adam Bassak said to our Woodville Leader readers: “The band department is busy preparing for the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida December 28-January 2nd. While there, they will take part in a concert band festival, bowl game parade, and massed band halftime performance. In addition, they will visit the Florida Aquarium, Busch Garden, and spend some time at the beach. The Winter Drumline and Flourish Winds, an independent indoor marching group, have also begun their rehearsals and will perform as part of the Minnesota Percussion Association Circuit beginning in February 2019. Flourish Winds will also travel to Dayton, Ohio for the WGI World Championships in April. Thirteen band students will take part in the SCVMEA Honors Band on January 4th-5th, as well as State Honors Band auditions, District Solo and Ensemble on February 23. Our next concert a 7th-12th grade Band Concert is on February 25. We have a number of talented and hardworking students at BWHS!”

Thank you, Directors, for your input and sharing your talented students and their wonderful music with us! Happy Holidays to you all!