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In Winter Festival, Pingry Celebrates the Holidays
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An annual event for the entire school, and a wonderful performance opportunity for Pingry's talented musicians, the Winter Festival on the Basking Ridge Campus is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year. It is the only opportunity for all students from Short Hills and Basking Ridge to be together, and they do so for this special concert that marks the holiday season. Seeing all of the ensembles on the Hauser Auditorium stage, as well as students, faculty, and staff filling every seat of the auditorium—a standing-room only event—truly makes the event a community celebration.

Head of School's Greeting
Prior to the concert, Head of School Matt Levinson P '21 acknowledged and thanked the Facilities Team for their hard work, beginning in the middle of the night, to clear snow from the campus' roads and sidewalks. On this snowy day, it was challenging to have the campus ready and bring the Lower School students over from the Short Hills Campus, but "it is a fabulous morning for us to be together in community," he said. Mr. Levinson also gave a warm welcome to a special guest who enjoys a long history with Pingry: Honorary Trustee Steve Newhouse '65, P '95, '97, '99, who most recently served as Co-Chair of Pingry's Blueprint for the Future Campaign.

Presentation of Gifts
Continuing Pingry's tradition of community and civic engagement, Shelley Hartz presented the Lower School's gifts from its Mitten Tree, as well as funds raised from a Dress Down Day, to the organization Lift for Learning.

Candle Lighting
In another tradition, Student Body President Brian Li '20 assisted Kindergarten student Madeleine Sawyer (daughter of Jessica Dee Sawyer '99) in lighting the Festival Candle at Wednesday's performance—eliciting a huge cheer from the audience!

The Program
Lower, Middle, and Upper School ensembles, including Choruses, Strings, Wind Sinfonia, Handbell Club, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble, performed a program that included Deck the Hall, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Al Hanissim, Good Swing Wenceslas (a jazz variation on Good King Wenceslas), a movement from Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata (arranged for string orchestra), Maoz Tzur, and the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Ensemble Directors
Vera Izano
Sean McAnally
Music Department Chair Dr. Andrew Moore
Alyson Whelan
Jay Winston

Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer and Editor of The Pingry Review