NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – There were few dry eyes in the theater Wednesday night when the Northbridge High School A Cappella Choir dedicated an emotional rendition of “Irish Blessing’’ to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
When the performance ended, the students received a standing ovation from the standing-room only crowd.
Music Director James Verdone directed the school’s annual holiday concert, which featured performances by the concert choir, a cappella choir and concert band.
“It’s great to have a packed theater,’’ Verdone said, noting that the concert choir is a graded course and the performance accounts for 45 percent of the course grade.
In addition to music, the night offered an Operation Graduation fundraiser – trays of cookies and Christmas ornaments and mugs sporting the Rams' logo, a display of gingerbread houses made from the dough up by Foods 1 students, and opportunities to support the music department.
Performances included an amusing take on “Twas The Night Before Christmas,’’ narrated by NHS Principal Michael Gauthier with sound effects courtesy of the concert band.
There also was a surprise presentation to junior Michael DeLuca, a member of the concert band and NHS football team who will represent the United States next month in the World Special Olympics in South Korea on the ski team.
Michael and his parents, Erin and Richard DeLuca, were called to the stage and presented a donation based on the number of touchdowns made by the football team over the season.
The night ended with a sing-a-long with all students and teachers on stage.
The next concert will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 15, when Northbridge High School participates in an exchange concert at Uxbridge High School.