One of Logan High’s longest traditions for Christmas is the annual world language concert, in which all of the foreign language classes come together and each class sings Christmas carols of that particular language. Traditionally this concert has been held in the Little Theater, but since this year the Little Theater has become the new classroom for ceramic arts. As a result, this year it was held in the newly renovated auditorium.
The concert was held on Monday, December 19 during each class's own period. For example, all the classes from 5th hour went to the auditorium that hour and had the concert with all the other 5th hour language classes. This tradition has been going on for as long as any of the language arts teachers can remember.
"Die Weihnachtsbäckerei is about some children who are baking Christmas cookies together and everything goes wrong."
The songs sung are different for every class, but last year the superintendent decided to have all classes unite in singing “Silent Night” in each class hour’s language. That was a great experience for the world language teachers and students, and the conductor of the event, Mr. Mudrow, said early in December that he wishes for that to happen again this year.
At the time of this writing, the songs this year were still undetermined for some teachers. Some do have favorite carols that they teach every year, such as Mr. Mudrow, who says his favorite carol is, “Die Weihnachtsbäckerei,” which, he said, “is about some children who are baking Christmas cookies together and everything goes wrong.”
Earlier in December, some teachers were still considering a variety of songs including this year’s new French teacher, Mr. Au. His considerations varied from the classic Christian song of “Douce Nuit (Silent Night),” the more modern songs of “Mon Beau Sapin (Oh Christmas Tree)”, and the cultural French song, “Il est né le Divin Enfant (He was born the Divine Child)”. These selections may or may not be used in the concert, but are a strong possibility.
Mudrow said that this concert provides a more fun way for the students to learn the language. He added that it proves more effective if students sing the language rather than speak it.
The concert is also important for Logan High as a whole as it provides and spreads positive messages of diversity and holiday cheer.
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