Holiday Concert Spectacular Returns to Withrow

by Zachery Riggins

December 12, 2019 marks the return of a Withrow Holiday Concert…the final event of Withrow’s Centennial year celebration. There will be one performance for students in the afternoon and a public performance beginning at 7:30 pm in the evening. The performance will be for 2 hours with no intermission. Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children 12 years old and younger. Tickets are available at     Parking will be available on the streets around Withrow and behind the school near the gym. Us”e the Dana Ave. entrance.

In addition to performances by Withrow students, the Holiday Concert will feature the Lakota East Choir. Lakota East has an exemplary choir program starting with a basic program for junior high students, which enables them to join a wide range of performance groups in senior high.

The Holiday Concert will also feature the Cincinnati New Horizons Band, which performed for Withrow Sounds Again in May. This orchestra includes many very talented Withrow alums.

The effort to bring music and theater back to Withrow is off to a great start. This school year has produced 92 Beginning Band students, who are split between three classes daily. Those classes are being taught by Laura Omaits, photo right. A drama class of 28 students is taught by Diane Roland, photo left, thirty-eight years a dedicated Withrow teacher. This daily class curriculum includes mime, 1 act plays and writing. In addition, a steel drum class has 28 students split between two classes taught daily by Mike Wendledn, photo lower right.

The Beginning Band Program continues to look for instrument donations and/or money to help repair instruments. If you want to donate an instrument or know of a potentially available instrument, please call Zachery Riggins ’72 at 652-5080. If you’d like to assist with instrument repair, you may write a check payable to Withrow Alumni Inc. and mail it to Withrow Alumni Inc., P.O. Box 8186, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208. Alternatively, go to under Help Withrow, Make a Donation online.

Mark your calendar now for the next Sounds of Withrow performances April 30, May 1 and May 2, 2020.



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