Over 500 Lakeside High School music students will ring in the holiday season with two free concerts Thursday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 13. The Holiday Pops Concert and the Holiday Gala Concert will feature the combined talents of the school’s Band, under the direction of Dr. David Fairchild and Assistant Director Daniel MacNamara; Orchestra, under the direction of Tara Buonamici, and Chorus, under the direction of Thomas FitzStephens. The three ensembles will perform both separately and together. The performances are free to the public, although donations are welcome. Lakeside High School is located at 3801 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30345. www.lakesidehs.dekalb.k12.ga.us
The Holiday Pops Concert on Thursday, Dec. 12, 7–9 p.m. will be presented in the Lakeside Gym and will include a number of well known, popular seasonal musical selections. The evening will conclude with the musicians joining together for a sing-along of Leroy Anderson’s celebrated Sleigh Ride.
The Holiday Gala Concert on Friday, Dec. 13, 7-9 p.m. will be presented in Lakeside’s Fine Arts Auditorium. Senior music students from the school’s band, orchestra and chorus programs will perform holiday classics, and the evening will conclude with all of the musicians joining together for Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.