Thursday, December 11, 2008

Norwood School Choir Selected for 'Nutcracker'

The Middle School Choir from Norwood School, a kindergarten through eighth grade independent school in Bethesda, has been selected by the Kennedy Center and the Joffrey Ballet to provide a children's chorus for the Joffrey's upcoming performance of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker."

Fifty-seven singers from fifth through eighth grades will perform from the orchestra pit alongside the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Seven performances are scheduled today through Sunday.

After hearing Norwood students perform at an independent school music festival at Washington National Cathedral in March and subsequently at the Music Center at Strathmore, a representative from the National Symphony Orchestra recommended the Norwood choir to the Kennedy Center and the Joffrey for the annual production.

"This is a tremendous honor for our students," Head of School Dick Ewing said in a statement. "Performing in a magnificent venue with one of the foremost ballet companies in the world will undoubtedly be an extraordinary experience for our students."

The Norwood choral students, who range in age from 10 to 14, live in Montgomery County, Northern Virginia and the District. They will sing the children's chorus part for "Waltz of the Snowflakes," which occurs at the end of Act One when the Snow Prince, Snow Queen and Snowflakes dance for Clara and her prince in a winter wonderland. The students have been rehearsing with middle school music teacher Christine Saunders since September.

Glenview Mansion Open, Decked Out for Holidays

Rockville's Glenview Mansion, at 603 Edmonston Dr., will be a venue for free holiday programs from 1 to 4 each Sunday afternoon this month.

This year's celebration, themed "Making Spirits Bright," will showcase the 19th-century mansion's 15 rooms and numerous halls decked out for the season, continuing the decades-long tradition that attracts nearly 3,000 people to the mansion annually.

In addition to the open houses, Glenview Mansion, including its art gallery, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors should call ahead to ensure no private events are scheduled. For details on the holiday programs, call 240-314-8660 or visit

Gaithersburg Coordinates Holiday Giving Program

With the goal of assisting 500 families in need, the City of Gaithersburg is coordinating a Holiday Giving Program in conjunction with representatives from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Derwood Bible Church and Grace United Methodist Church.

Individuals, businesses, congregations and other groups are invited to help by providing monetary contributions, grocery store gift cards or Target gift cards in denominations of $10 and $20. This year, donations also can be made by credit card. Opportunities are also available to sponsor families.

For more information, contact Maureen Herndon at 301-258-6395, Ext. 2, or download a brochure from the city's Web site at

Salvation Army Tree Links Donors to Children in Need

Montgomery County's Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Suite 1000, in Germantown is displaying one of the Salvation Army's Angel Trees through today.

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