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VIDEO: Plainview JFK Choir's World Tour Winter Concert

Thursday night's performance at the high school was a far-flung musical journey.

The Winter concert was a winner, with an assortment of the high school's talented ensembles on display.

The singers are led by Choir Director Adam Paltrowitz. Student conductors included Leah Anton and Sam Weinstein. The accompanist was Kaitlin Schneekoloth; the student accompanist was Grace Kim.

The concert took the audience on a musical journey, with songs and musical settings in numerous languages and from differing genres. See a video of "The Storm is Passing Over," shot by Patch Contributor Steve Saltzman, attached to this story.

The Treble Choir opened with works in Latin and Bulgarian, and included an array of holiday songs from different traditions, among them "Sing, Sing Ye Muses" in a setting of a work by the 17th Century baroque master Henry Purcell.

The larger Mixed Choir continued the musical travelogue, singing in French, Spanish and Hebrew (the latter a movement from the "Chichester Psalms" by 20th Century giant Leonard Bernstein, with soloist Sam Howell.) Other soloists included Joe Park Alex Resnick, Susana Kwon, Rebecca Salmon, Sam Miller, Brittney Warner, Keith Weiss and percussionist Jason Cohen.

Members of the choir's alumni participated in several pieces in both parts of the concert, a Plainview tradition. Thursday night's performance, which included more than 100 performers, was JFK's 46th annual winter concert.

Both groups joined forces in their rousing finale: "Siyahamba," a traditional song sung in Swahili.

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