HARRISON, N.Y. More than a quarter of Harrison High School's student population was on display Monday night as droves of family members and friends packed the school's performing arts center for a winter concert.
"Everyone's in for a real treat," said Mary Ellis, director of the Performing Arts Center. "All the concerts in the district are special, but the high school is very unique."
The concert featured students throughout the high school performing in string orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, chorus and dance. The prized award-winning Harrison High School Marching Band also performed "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
"This show is a culmination of our students' 13-year journey in music," Ellis said, giving thanks to the majority of students who worked to make the show possible from the sights and sounds to the lighting and technical work.
Featured music included Bach, Tchaikovsky, Sousa, and Handel alongside more contemporary pieces from John Rutter and John Lennon.
The Harrison High School Dance Company performed a montage of pieces under the direction of Deborah Toteda in her first HHS concert called "When the Children Sleep."
Ellis said the support from the district has helped make the winter concert such an attractive event, crediting help from Superintendent Louis Wool and the Harrison Board of Education.
"You will not find a more hardworking, dedicated group of teachers and staff members," Ellis said.