Lehighton Area Middle School Music Department will present its 21st annual holiday program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The fifth- and sixth-grade groups will begin at 6:30 p.m., while the seventh- and eighth-grade band and choirs begin at 7:45 p.m.
The Jazz Ensemble will start the program with "Holiday Jam," an arrangement reminiscent of Big Band pioneer Stan Kenton, and feature solos by eighth graders Julia Frey and Maura Phelan. The jazz ensemble will conclude its performance with "Hark, Those Herald Angels Rock!" arranged by Paul Clark. Eighth graders Avery Deem and Samantha Smalley will perform solos on this selection. The jazz ensemble is under the direction of Thomas Weidner.
The Treble Chorale, consists of fifth and sixth graders under the direction of Weidner, and will perform the spirited original, "Old Man Winter," and several other selections. The chorus will perform "Pat-a-Pan" which features student instrumentalists Mykayla Engle, Jordan Lichtenwalner, Calvin Maholick, Maura Phelan and Spencer Perkins.
The fifth and sixth grade band, under the direction of Weidner, will conclude the first half of the program and will perform several selections, and will feature the talents of John DeMatte, Calvin Maholick and Ethan Malkowicz. A special guest may appear with the band for its final number.
The seventh- and eighth-grade portion of the program will begin with the show choir, Music Express Junior, under the direction of Laura Welkey. The choir will open with the pop classic, "Frosty the Snow Man," and sing several selections.
The Choraliers, the seventh- and eighth-grade chorus, under the direction of Laura Welkey, will its portion of the program with "What Christmas Means To Me". Samantha Smalley will accompany the chorus on Mozart's Alleluia from "Exsultate, Jubilate." Olivia Freundt will accompany the choir on "Winter Moon." The Choraliers will conclude its portion of the program with "Keep On Following The Star." Eighth-grade students Emily Haberman and Kyle Strohl will be featured on this final selection.
The seventh- and eighth-grade concert band, under the direction of Beth Perkins, will perform "Fanfare for a Holiday Celebration" arranged by Robert Smith, in addition to other songs, including "Santa at the Symphony" featuring a flute solo by Grace Obert.
The snow date for the program is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18.