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Holiday Renaissance Hits Harrison High School

HARRISON, N.Y. – Harrison School District families and administrators filed into the high school's performing arts center Wednesday night for a holiday concert unlike those of typical schools. The Harrison High School Madrigal Singers performed an evening of Renaissance music with dancing and acting alongside a fundraiser for the school's chorus group.

Heidi Sakanaka's daughter Mikie is a junior at Harrison High School and is one of the 30-plus students who make up the chorus. Heidi Sakanaka said the annual holiday tradition has been a pleasant surprise to her and her family.

"This is so nice to be a part of," Sakanaka said. "It's one of those little gems people don't know about until they see it for themselves."

Outside of the performing arts center sat a special holiday fundraiser table with gold coin bags, nutcrackers, Santa mugs and ornaments on sale. All proceeds were set to go towards students in the high school's chorus who may not be able to afford the group's feature trip to perform in Chicago this April.

"We just wanted to make something cute and fun," Sakanaka said.

The fundraiser was organized and run by the Donna Pollack of the Harrison High School Chorus Parent Association, who also had two children Austin and Maddie in the performance.

The evening showcased 34 of Harrison High School’s singers in period costumes, music and speech performances. The Renaissance Festival is a longstanding holiday season tradition at the high school and was attended by Harrison School District officials including Superintendent Louis Wool and High School Principal James Ruck.

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