By: Presley Harrison, Shield Writer, and Shield Staff
Don’t miss the Marching Knights performing in the Raleigh Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 19, capping off a spectacular 2022 marching band season.
Sounds of the Christmas season are arriving in the Sherrill Center for the Performing Arts too. Each year, North Raleigh Christian Academy hosts holiday concerts to showcase its band and choir programs. This year, the singers and musicians are working hard to ensure a beautiful experience for the audience.
Anticipation is building around the upcoming performances as the first week of December draws near. Elementary school families can enjoy many shows this holiday season. The fourth-grade choir performs on Dec. 1 and the fifth-grade choir on Dec. 2. The second graders will present “Meet Me at the Manger” on Dec. 5, and first-grade classes will showcase their talents in “Meet Me at the Manger” on Dec. 6. The fifth- and sixth-grade band concert is on Dec. 9.
Middle school families are invited to listen to their students sing with the choir on Dec. 2 and play music with the band on Dec. 8.
High school families can watch the choir and band perform on Dec. 3 and Dec. 8, respectively. There is also a Jazz Ensemble concert on Dec. 12.
With their big debut so close, band and choir members are practicing hard to prepare a captivating show. “We’re performing a variety of Christmas carols and other songs,” said Lily Burnette, a member of the NRCA high school choir.
Both high school programs will feature a collection of classic Christmas songs. The high school band will play “‘A Holst Christmas,’ ‘A Celebration of Carols,’ ‘Christmas Around the World,’ and Christmas carols,” said band member Selah Thotus.