By Mia Huff
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Music groups from around the country are preparing for their annual winter concert. Here at Monticello, we hosted a very special night. The Winter Songs event celebrated women’s care and well-being.
This winter concert was organized by the Choral Program of Albemarle County Public Schools and hosted at Monticello High School for the first time ever. Admissions were free, so everybody was invited on Saturday, January 17 to watch the young women of Central Virginia sing to benefit the Shelter for Help in Emergency. For more than 30 years, the Shelter has provided temporary residence and comprehensive services to local women and children in crisis situations. Donations were encouraged and gratefully accepted at the door.
“The concert was empowering because all their songs we were doing, especially the (Burley Middle School) Bearettes were so inspirational for women,” said participant from Monticello High School, Juliet Baber (‘18), as she shared her experience.
Schools from all over the county came to this concert. Women from Burley Middle School, Henley Middle School, Jouett Middle School, Sutherland Middle School, Monticello High School, and Albemarle High School came to perform. They were joined by choral singers from the University of Virginia.
The Burley Bearettes sang “Try” by Colbie Caillat and the Monticello Chorus performed “Lake of Innisfree.” Everyone at the concert sang “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. More than 200 performers participated in this last number, as specially arranged by the Burley Bearettes’ director, Craig Jennings.
“It was so unifying,” said Baber. “It wasn’t a competition. It brought us all together.”
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