BREWSTER – A special performance of Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” is planned when Brewster Elementary School students give their holiday concert tonight, Dec. 5.
Students all over Okanogan Country will show off their musical talents during the coming weeks as schools offer their winter concerts.
Brewster’s concert gets under way at 6 p.m. at the school, 503 S. Seventh St.
“This is an exciting one for our students,” said elementary music teacher LaDonna Mattson. “The writer and performer of the wonderful Christmas song ‘Feliz Navidad,’ Jose Feliciano and his wife, Susan, gave us permission to use his song on our practice CD in exchange for getting a recording of our students sing their version of his song.”
Secondary music teacher Alicia Pulsifer “and our delightful high school band are going to play for us,” Mattson said.
The middle/high school concert will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the high school, 503 S. Seventh St., Pulsifer said.
The program includes sixth through 12th grade bands and choirs, for eight ensembles total.
Other school programs get under way this week. By district, concerts and programs include:
-Kindergarten through third grade students will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the elementary school, 1400 Tacoma Ave.
-Fourth- and fifth-graders will give their concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the elementary school.
-Sixth through 12th grade students will perform at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the high school, 1220 Kryger St. The concert features the choir, sixth and seventh grade band, eighth through 12th grade band and the mariachi ensemble, said music teacher Derek Pulsifer.
Curlews kindergarten to fifth grade concert will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the high school gym, 47 Curlew School Road. Santa is expected to visit.
-The middle-high school drama club will present a one-act version of “A Christmas Carol” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the school, 1 Hornet Ave.
Admission will be charged, with children age 10 and younger admitted free, said music teacher and drama coach Dave Rowley.
-The elementary school Christmas concert will be at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 in the school gym, 1 Hornet Ave.
-Middle and high school bands, orchestras and choirs will present their concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at the school. A community dinner is planned at 5:30 p.m.
-The elementary school winter concert will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the school gym, 503 Crest Drive, with the theme “Here Comes the Snow.”
It will feature fifth and sixth grade bands; kindergarten, second grade and third grade students, and the fifth-sixth chorus, said music teacher Karen Pace. The chorus will sing an arrangement by Teresa Jennings.
-Secondary students will perform at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym, 505 Crest Drive.
The concert features fifth and sixth grade bands, the seven-eight band, high school band and high school chorus. The theme is “In Winter.”
The chorus will sing an arrangement of “In Winter” by V.C. Johnson.
Methow Valley Elementary School’s winter concert will be at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in the school gym, 18 Twin Lakes Road.
Nespelem School’s Christmas program will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at the school, 229 Schoolhouse Loop.
All grades will provide entertainment. Community members are invited, said Principal Marcy Horne.
-Virginia Grainger Elementary School students will give several performances this holiday season, said music teacher Marilou Baker.
The fifth grade honor choir will carol Wednesday, Dec. 19, starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Okanogan Senior Center, 1300 S. Second Ave., and then at 12:20 p.m. for the Okanogan Kiwanis Club, which meets at the Okanogan Eagles, 1820 N. Second Ave.
After lunch, the group will visit Apple Springs Senior Living, 1001 Senna St., Omak, at 1:40 p.m., and will wrap up the day at 2:15 p.m. with caroling on Second Avenue in downtown Okanogan.
Students of Baker and music teacher Amber Johnson will perform at 8:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the school, 1118 S. Fifth Ave.
Students also participated in the Okanogan Farm Lights Festival on Nov. 28.
-Okanogan Middle School students will give their winter concert at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, in the school cafetorium, 244 S. Fifth Ave. High school students will perform at 7 p.m.
-North Omak Elementary School’s program is at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 19 at the school, said music teacher Mindy Sparks.
Students also plan to sing at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at Apple Springs Senior Living, 1001 Senna St.
-East Omak Elementary School will offer a rolling concert Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.
Third-graders will perform at 5:45 p.m., fourth-graders at 6:30 p.m. and fifth-graders with the Eagles Orchestra at 7:15 p.m., said teacher Leslie Clough. The theme is “Snowflakes and Bells.”
Musical selections include “Let it Snow,” “Allelu,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Who Has Seen the Wind?” “Winter Wonderland,” “Tango and Cha Cha,” and an audience sing-along of “Deck the Halls” during the fourth grade portion. Fourth-graders also will play recorders.
Kathleen Christensen will accompany the groups on piano.
-Omak’s middle-high school choral concert, for students in sixth through 12th grades, will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.
The sixth through 12th grade instrumental concert was Dec. 3.
The Paschal Sherman Indian School holiday program will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the school gym, 169 North End Omak Lake Road, Omak.
“We will have a musical performance and a dance performance by all grades K-6,” said Principal Lori Falcon.
-Students at Pateros Elementary will give a concert, “A Holiday of Music,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the school gym, 344 W. Beach St.
The concert will feature the sixth grade beginning band, plus students in kindergarten through fifth grade singing holiday songs.
“We will also be selling holiday cookies by the pound, with funds going to help buy new instruments for the band program,” said music teacher Jonathan McBride.
-Junior-senior high school students will perform their concert, “Celebrate the Holidays,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the school gym.
“Come hear the junior high band, high school band and high school choir perform holiday music from around the world,” McBride said.
Cookies by the pound will be sold.
-Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students will present a mini-musical, “Christmas at the OK Corral,” at 6 p.m. at 30306 Highway 20 on Dec. 13, said music teacher Sara Cromwell.
-Junior-senior high school’s band and choir concert will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the school, 30306 Highway 20.
A fifth grade beginning band concert was Nov. 29.
An instrumental and choral concert for grades six through 12 will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17, said music teacher Eric Stiles.
The event will be in the high school commons, 35 HS Highway 20.
Editor’s note: The Chronicle contacted all area schools for information. Some did not respond.