On Tuesday, December 6, at 6 p.m., and Friday, December 9, at 7 p.m., Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School presented its annual winter concert, selections from Handel’s Messiah at St. Mary’s Church, 429 E. Allen Street in Hudson. Messiah is a fixture of the Christmas season, and for Hawthorne Valley’s music program, the work is a high point of the year. Under the direction of Lawrence Glatt, the concert was performed by the Hawthorne Valley High School Chorus, who were joined by the students in grades 4 through 8 for selected pieces. The concert also featured harpsichordist Mariken Palmboom, and was performed in collaboration with the Catskill Community Orchestra and the Hawthorne Valley School Orchestra. This free concert is a long-standing holiday tradition for Hawthorne Valley, and part of building community through music, according to music director Lawrence Glatt.

This year’s concert featured 10 student soloists, directed by Nancy Allen Lundy: Hiram Blachere, Lael Cashen, Myra Crane, Ava Delmar, Raphael Elmasri, Serena Hoffman, Paloma Talbott, Liri Ronen, Méabh Rooney, Siyu Zhou, and Oliver Wendell-Braly. Additionally, Liri Ronen performed a solo on French horn.

For music director Glatt, the Winter Concert is one of his favorite concerts of the school year, noting that for many of the students in the lower grades, the Winter Concert is the first time they sing for an audience. “It is possible to teach kids music,” said Glatt. “The audiences always enjoy this annual concert, set in a beautiful church, listening to beautiful music.”

Please enjoy some short clips from the performance below.

An excerpt from a piece performed by Grades 4-8.

Grades 4-12 perform together.

A clip from senior Ralphael Elmasri’s solo performance.