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Student Musicians Delight Massapequa Community

Sounds of the holidays filled the Massapequa High School auditorium on Dec. 16 for the annual “An Afternoon of Holiday Music” performance. Students from the high school’s orchestra and vocal groups played numerous songs during the free community concert.

The orchestra, conducted by Marjorie Spagnuolo, performed “A Mad Russian’s Christmas,” “Christmas Festival” and Sleigh Ride. Ilena Dempsey led the Treble Choir in “Tota Pulchra Es,” “Hanukkah, Light of Lights” and “Deck the Halls” before its closing performance of “Peace on Earth” that featured soloists Nicole Ferretti, Lia Howard, Bianca LaSpina and Emmeline McBride.

In their blue gowns with yellow trim, the A Cappella Choir, under the direction of Nichole Greene, began their set. They opened with “Gloria” from “Missa Kenya” that included solos from James Kelly and Mario Mannarino. Juliana Mpazicos accompanied the chorus in “Oseh Shalom” before wrapping up with “Here We Come A’ Caroling,” “Lullaby” and “Let it Snow.”

The orchestra and choral groups closed out the show with combined performances of “Adeste Fideles,” “Chanukah Festival Overture,” “O Holy Night” and “Hallelujah Chorus.”

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