Holiday Concert Review

The Theme Of This Year’s Holiday Concert was Christmas Favorites. Once again we had another great Guest Performance by The New Hampshire Youth Singers who sang I See A Star and Holly Jolly Santa Claus. Both choruses joined together to sing Dominick The Donkey which was a great closer for the 1st Half Of The Concert.

Favorite songs in the concert aside from Dominick The Donkey included African Noel,Sing We Now Of Christmas, Mistletoe and Holly, I See A Star and Nutcracker Jingles.

White Christmas wrapped up the concert. It was great to see a song performed again from the first concert I was in with SVC four years AGO. White Christmas is a popular Christmas song originated by Bing Crosby and is from the Irving Berlin musical Holiday Inn. In the concert four years ago solos in this piece were by Heather Arsenault and Bryan Higgs. This time around there were no soloists in this piece but with or without solos it is a truly beautiful piece.

Twas the Night Before Christmas was originally adopted from what was also called A Visit from St. Nicholas, with the writing created by Clement Crake Moore in 1822. It’s a wonderful prologue about Christmas Eve when Santa with his eight reindeer go up on the housetop, and Santa goes down through the chimney with a bag of toys. It was one of the first times someone believed how Santa would do this every Christmas Eve. There were spoken solos describing St. Nick from Ellie Risley, Brenda Cannon, Christy Belvin, Jean Desany, and Arthur Harkness. The line where St. Nick goes to work and fills the stockings before going back up the chimney was a sung solo by Tenor veteran John Potelle. For a bonus feature, I found a feature of this classic tale on DOS that I used to have with my old IBM Computer back when I was little. The link:

Review Contributors: Patty Helbig, Derrick Walcott, Jane Walcott

Favorite Chorus Songs

As previously mentooned Matt and I are spreading our wings and exploring other performance opportunities in the Greater Nashua area. We’d like to take the opportunity to share a list of our favorite songs from through out the years.

The review of the Holiday Concert will be posted tomorrow.

Janine’s Favorites 

Holiday Concerts 

1. Nutcracker Jingles

2. Wizards In Winter

3.  Believe

4.That”s Christmas To Me

5. African Noel

6. Hot Chocolate

7.  Happy XMas War Is Over

8. Nuttin For Christmas

9. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

10. Blue Christmas

Spring Concerts and Showcases 

1. Under The Sea

2. Cerf Volant

3. Happy Working Song

4. Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story

5. I’ll Be There

6. Wind Beneath My Wings

7. If I Didn’t Have You

8. I Want The Good Times Back

9.  For Good

10 Omnia Sol

Matt’s Favorites

Holiday Concerts

  1. Jingle Bell Hallelujah
  2. That’s Christmas To Me
  3. Happy Xmas (War is Over)
  4. Hanerot Halulu
  5. Nuttin’ For Christmas
  6. The Twelve Days of Regifted Christmas
  7. Good King Wenceslas
  8. Flowers in Winter
  9. Sing With the Angels
  10. Hark! The Harold Angels Sing

Spring Semester

  1. Blackbird
  2. Jersey Boys Medley
  3. Dias Irae
  4. The Lake
  5. Make a Joyful Noise
  6. Shenandoah
  7. Take The A Train
  8. Love
  9. Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story
  10. Whistling Gypsy (I had a solo in it!)

And last but not least..Under the Sea from 2016 Showcase that I did on my own.

That’s Christmas To Me

The bigger meaning of this piece by Pentatonix is the true meaning of Christmas which is family. As I get older I appreciate the spirit of the holidays and being surrounded by loved ones. That’s Christmas To Me is by far one of my favorite songs from any of the holiday concerts I have performed in over the past couple years. There are beautiful harmonies and melodies in it which gave it a nice blend. Solos in this piece were by Jackie Lowe. John Poetelle and Patrick McCarty.

As I prepare to open a new chapter in my performance career I would like to thank Souhegan Valley Chorus for all of the wonderful experiences they have given me over the years. In the coming year I will be exploring other performing opportunities in the Nashua area. With the recent relocation of my parents to Maine last fall Milford is quite a distance for me and Matt to travel and is not really local for us anymore.

Memories are lovely and we will hold them dear to us always.

This blog will no longer be active as of January 1st 2019.

Happy XMas War Is Over

I have had a bit of a struggle finding  info on songs  I am supposed to analyze for my   Songs Of Christmas Past  Blog series thus my posting  schedule has had to be altered a few times.  This week’s song is an example… the song  I was supposed to analyze was   Jingle  Bell Hallejuah  but  due to lack of information  I have decided to  talk about  Happy   XMAS  War  Is Over   instead.



As I mentioned  last semester  when  I analyzed  the Ticket To Ride  Beatles  Medley  I was first introduced to the Beatles in college  thanks to a band that my friends from theatre had called  JFJ that did  Beatles cover songs.     Happy  XMAS  War  Is Over was released  1971 after the Beatles  had broken up.   John and  Yoko Ono formed their own  band.  This song was recorded with the Harlem Youth Choir.     I always thought this was a  beautiful   Christmas song.   It is one of my favorites.     SVC  performed this in our  Sounds of The Season  Concert in 2016.  Guest artists  for this song were Patrick  McCarty, the SHS  Acapella Choir and Jim  Summers on Guitar.   The audience was invited to sing along too which made  the performance extra special.   The harmonies were beautiful  which was made this song easily  the best song we sang in the whole concert.

Remaining Entries in the Songs Of Christmas Past Series

Wow!   It is   November  already. Hard to believe  that this semester has been flying  by so quick    I have missed everyone  this semester and  can’t wait until the concert which is just 1 month and  5 days away.    Matt and I will be back next semester.



I hope everyone has been enjoying my   Songs of Christmas Past  Blog series.  It has been fun  reviewing songs from   past   holiday concerts.   Unfortunately  in some cases  I have been  unable to find information on the songs we have sung.   Thus my posting schedule   this series has been changed.

Friday 11-9    Jingle  Bell Hallelujah

Friday 11-16      Bonus Analysis    40th Anniversary of Grease 

This was originally supposed to be  my analysis for  the  Top 40 Showcase in  June.  Unfortunately  the showcase was canceled due to  low ticket sales.   I have decided to   do this  analysis anyway  just for the fun of it.  I hope people will enjoy it.

No Entry  the week of Thanksgiving  due to Holiday Traveling

Friday 11-30   That’s Christmas To  Me

Friday 12-7  Happy XMAS  War  Is Over

Wednesday  12-19

Please note schedule  change!  This entry  will be posted on my Theatre Is My Life Blog as the  Milford and Souhegan High School    Holiday  Concerts will also be reviewed.



I would like to   take this opportunity  to wish everyone  a Happy Thanksgiving!  I am  a bit early.   I am especially thankful for all the   support this blog  has received  in its first and hope it will continue to be successful   in the years  to come.  We look forward to analyzing more music next semester.     For future  reference  it is looking likely that in  Fall 2019   we will be stepping away  from  doing this blog due to being busy with our  Commitment Ceremony and honeymoon.  We will make a final decision about this in August 2019. 

What Is This Feeling?

This week I am going to be analyzing   What Is  This Feeling? from Wicked,

Wicked  first premiered  on Broadway in  2003   and starred  India  Menzel as Elphaba and  Kristin  Cheonweth as Galinda.  It is  currently  still on  Broadway.  I do not  know who is playing the lead characters  though.

When  I think of this song  I  am immediately bought back to college when  I  met my roommate for the first time freshmen year. This is situation  that Glinda and  Elphaba   find themselves in at the beginning of the show.     In this song they are writing letters to their parents explaining  what their roommate is like.     I got along well with my  roommate but   at the first meeting    it does not look  like Elphaba and Glinda are going to get along.    I am  Glinda in this song and   it fun to explore that  character a little bit better.  Developing this character will be fun as  rehearsals for my cabaret  progress.   It is clear that they do not  like each other and that Elphaba  is different  from the rest of them. That is why the  other Shiz  students side with Galinda.     One thing   that I really love about Wicked is the growth that the  relationship  between  Glinda and Elphaba   grows and how the “unadulterated loathing” eventually  goes away.


I am very excited about my cabaret that I  am doing at work.      I am  also hoping to achieve  the girl of this performance  of the song  Angels  on  My Shoulder that Dan Wolaver composed for me.  I think it would be  a nice tribute to  Dan to perform it.     What Is This Feeling was  performed in  our spring concert ins 2016  Comedy tonight performed by  Kim Whitehead and Rachel Cerullo.



This post was originally supposed to be posted on November 21st but had to be moved up  a couple weeks due  to lack of information  provided on both  Flowers    In Winter and  Goin To Bethlehem to  do an analysis.   Next week’s analysis will be on  Have Yourself A  Merry Little Christmas




I get to  talk to one of my favorite  movie musicals of all  time in this post and I am so excited.   I  first  saw the Sound Of Music when  I was 10 years old at  my   grandparents house… it  was first introduction  to  musical  movies.   Did you know that  the Von Trapps were a  real family of musicians?    I have been to the  Von Trapp  family  lodge in Stowe Vermont and it is such a fun place to go..  I really want to go back!   The  movie is actually based on the  memoir  of Maria Von Trapp which was published in  1947 after her   husband Georg’s   death.    Maria Von Trapp was portrayed on screen by   the great  Dame  Julie Andrews and Captain Von Trapp was played  by Christopher Plummer.    The stage musical premiered on Broadway  in the Lunt Fontaine  Theatre  on  November 16th, 1959 and the movie  premiered in 1965.  Mary  Martin   played  Maria Von Trapp and Captain Von Trapp was portrayed by  Theodore  Bikel.

MY favorite  songs from the Sound  Of Music  include    I  Have Confidence, 16  Going On 17, My Favorite Things,  Something Good and Do  Re  Mi.   The song I am  going to talk about today is Edelweiss.

First of  all what is Edelweiss?     It is a  flower  that is a  popular   flower in  Sweden and Austria.  It means  noble white in German,  This   flower  grows  high in the Alps.

This song is beautiful and I always thought it had  wonderful harmonies in  it.  SVC performed it in their  Christmas  Around The World concert in 2012.     This song was written for the  Sound Of Music because it was a good representation of  guitar playing and folk  singing.   It is sung    in the festival  performance scene  in  the  movie and musical.   The actor who  played  Georg in the musical was a good  guitar player so this song was well suited for him.   Sadly this was the last song that  Rodgers and Hammerstein  wrote together before Hammerstein died of cancer.


How is this song related to  Christmas and the holiday  season?  I wondered the same thing recently.   If you listen to the lyrics   it says  “Blossom of Snow may you bloom and glow?”   As I mentioned  Edelweiss means  Noble White in  German which makes perfect sense for the holiday season.      While  The Sound  Of Music is technically  not a holiday film    Edelweiss  and My Favorite Things are my favorite Christmas songs from that movie.


Sources: Wikkipedia and  Broadway  Musicals   The 101 Greatest Shows of  All Time