This year, we hope to continue building our repertoire of liturgical and seasonal music, as well as prepare for our annual performances.
During the course of the year, we will add to our knowledge of musical concepts and musical history, emphasizing the elements of music: form, rhythm, melody, harmony/texture, tone/timbre, and expressive elements. I’m hoping to introduce you to my rainbow-colored percussion tubes, as well as to other percussion instruments.
I encourage you and your families to take full advantage of the free music programming available on TV on PBS (thirteen.org) and at our Queens Borough Public Library (see qbpl.org), as well as some of the excellent arts programming at our neighbor on Northern Blvd., Flushing Town Hall. I will try to update this page with postings of other musical events as I become aware of them.
Please check my webpage regularly for information, song lyrics and must-see links. (Just be sure your parents are aware if you are accessing Youtube!!)
Inspired by the holiday classic film A Christmas Story and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical A Christmas Story: The Musical, this season’s live musical television event comes to FoxTV December 17 at 7 pm.
All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a BB gun*, and in the days counting down to December 25, Ralphie and his friends get into all kinds of trouble—including run-ins with a bully, getting his tongue stuck to a flagpole, and more. (* please note… Mrs. M DEFINITELY does not agree with the concept of BB guns….this story comes from a very different place and time.)
Tony, Golden Globe, and Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and the upcoming new movie, The Greatest Showman) will also write several new songs for the live television event to supplement their musical’s original score. The original Broadway musical earned six Drama Desk nominations and three Tony nominations: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Joseph Robinette, and Best Original Score for Pasek and Paul. https://www.fox.com/a-christmas-story-live/
“Counting Down to Christmas” from A Christmas Story:
WANTED: STUDENT ART FOR CONCERT PROGRAM COVER
Students of grades 1-8 are invited to submit original artwork for possible selection as cover art for the MHRCA Christmas concert program. This year’s theme is
Sing Hallelujah! (We Joyfully Welcome the King of Kings, the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace….. (Isaiah 9:6) )
Your submission should reflect our faith and/or the joyful spirit of Christmas – but please, do not plagiarize – it should be your own idea and work!! Please do not mix word art with drawings…. Stick to word art only or drawings only….and be creative!)
All submissions should be done on 8.5 by 11-inch white copy paper in pencil or black ink. (It’s usually best to do a practice copy first.) Be sure to write your name and grade on back lightly in pencil. Place your entry in Mrs. Meaney’s mailbox no later than Thursday, December 14th at 2 p.m.
I greatly look forward to seeing your masterpieces! J
Coming to movie theaters November 17th: “The Star” – animated feature about a donkey and his animal friends who become the unsung heroes of the Christmas story… In Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.
Featuring Music by: Mariah Carey, Pentatonix, Fifth Harmony, Casting Crowns, Yolanda Adams, et al
“Can You See?” by Fifth Harmony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHQZe90YdD0
“The Star by Mariah Carey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUOi9KIQfWY
also, we will NOT be singing measures 17- 31. (That is, not counting the cover page art, do NOT study from middle of page 4 through all of page 5. Pick up at the top of page 6 (right hand side)
OR, if you are looking at the clock, we do NOT sing from 1:32 to 2:08 )
In addition, be aware that the publishers cut the song right before the very ending…. They left out the final “king of kings, and Lord of lords, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah….. Hal le- Lu jah! “. So you’ll just have to listen inside your brain for that big finish!!!!
remember, this is a marathon, so train well (scroll down my page for some good warmups!) and in good faith that the final result will be worth all the hard work!
WE CAN DO THIS, if we all work together!!!
Biographies of George Frideric Handel, Composer of the oratorio, Messiah
It is part of the human experience that we all share to go through dark times on occasion. But during these times we must try to remember that we are NOT alone. How do we find the courage to reach out and really connect, as our true selves…..?????
We look to JESUS, the perfect model of what it is to be human, Jesus, Who is our “connector” to the Father, and to each other….
Jesus, who reminds us to pray always, to forgive as we are forgiven, to help those in our path who need us, and that, even in what seem to be our darkest times, new life and new beginnings are always possible…for we are connected to each other as members of His Body, and He is with us always.