Pottsgrove Concerts Recapture Thrill of Playing ‘Live’

Pottsgrove High Orchestra Conductor Wil Einhorn (at top) leads musicians in a December concert finale, as the Concert Choir begins to sing

Pottsgrove Concerts Recapture Thrill of Playing 'Live'
Concert Choir Director Sarah Fritshaffer urges her students on

UPPER POTTSGROVE PA – The night was nearly over, but no one wanted it to end.

Three groups of Pottsgrove High School student musical performers – its orchestra, concert band, and concert choir – had given their all Dec. 8 (2021; Wednesday) during winter concert performances that began at 7 p.m. inside the auditorium at Pottsgrove Middle School, North Hanover Street. Each group performed several numbers. They were scheduled to combine for one more before going home.

It had been an exciting evening for the students, and an emotional one for their leaders. Orchestra Director William Einhorn, Band Director Ellie Zerefos, and Choir Director Sarah Fritshaffer, in separate remarks to the appreciative audience of parents, friends, and families, talked about the “thrill,” the “fun,” and the “joy” of playing to a live house again.

COVID virus variants had robbed the entire crowd of that joy since March 2020, when the pandemic was declared. Now the Nov. 26 announced arrival of its latest fast-spreading strain, Omicron, threatened to rob them again.

So the students assembled for the show’s finale, returning to instruments on the auditorium stage or carrying choir books to risers in front, in an effort to savor the feeling just a while longer.

Conductor Einhorn raised his baton, and the three groups launched themselves into a holiday standard. They had chosen “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” the tale of the holy child’s birth in Bethlehem, written during 1962 by French lyricist Noël Regney and his then composer-wife, Gloria Shayne Baker.

The students played, and sang, and smiled through the number, for a total of 3 minutes and 4 seconds. The applause, however, lasted for nearly another minute more.

No one wanted it to end, either.

Pottsgrove Concerts Recapture Thrill of Playing 'Live'
Members of the Concert Band focus on their scores

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