This holiday season will feature the 80th annual Capitol Caroling concert inside the Capitol Rotunda, and the familiar notes of tradition will be combined with more collaboration between singers and instrumentalists on musical pieces that include some African and Caribbean flair.
"We're making it a more combined concert," Jarrod Hendricks said of including more performances that will feature choral, band and orchestral elements.
Hendricks; his wife, Shawna Hendricks; Brett Myers and Aimee Veile are leading the concert this year. Jarrod is the head director of vocal music at Jefferson City High School. Shawna is assistant choir director at JCHS and Simonsen 9th Grade Center. Myers is the band director at JCHS, and Veile is JCPS' orchestra director. Cheryl Nichols is accompanist for Capitol Caroling again this year.
Jarrod Hendricks said about 170 choir, 40 band and 40 orchestra students will be involved in this year's Capitol Caroling.
He wanted to bring a steel drum band in, too, but couldn't because the University of Missouri's band was busy with finals. Keyboards will provide some of the same effect, though.
Steel drums would fit in particularly well with musical pieces drawing from African, Haitian and Jamaican influences.
"Sing Noel" is a combination of "African Noel" and "Go, Tell It on the Mountain." "Haitian Noel" will be a chorale piece, and a Jamaican version of the story of Jesus Christ will be told through "Here's a Pretty Little Baby," Hendricks said.
"Everybody has some sort of rendition of the birth of Christ," he said of educating people about different holiday musical sounds and styles from around the world, in addition to Capitol Caroling staples "Adeste Fidelis," "O Holy Night" and "Hallelujah Chorus."
Other pieces will include Englishman John Rutter's "What Sweeter Music;" Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven" performed with the band; and "I Saw Three Ships," a chorale piece originally from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Congregational singing pieces will incorporate the audience in "Deck the Halls" and "Silent Night," Hendricks said.
Capitol Caroling is planned 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Other area schools are hosting holiday performances in the coming days, too:
Calvary Lutheran High School's Christmas concert is at 7 p.m. Friday at the school, 2525 Route B in Jefferson City.
Blair Oaks High School and Middle School's Christmas choir concert will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, and the joint band Christmas concert will follow at 4 p.m. in the high school gym in Warsdville.
The Helias High School music department's Christmas concert is at 7 p.m. Monday, and the Helias and Interparish Band Christmas concert is at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, both at the Miller Performing Arts Center, 501 Madison St.