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Schools host holiday concerts

Audiences can pick between local high schools' holiday concerts this week.

Barlow High School is holding its holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the high school, 5105 S.E. 302nd Ave.

Following the concert there will be a reception honoring Gary St. John, choral director at Barlow who is retiring at the end of this year. More information about future retirement events is available at www.sbhs.gresham.

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The Gresham High School Choral department, under the direction of Janine Kirstein, will perform its holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in the Gresham High auditorium.

Admission is free. The concert will feature all of the Gresham High School choirs as well as the award winning Concert Choir. GHS choral alumni are invited to come and sing the Hallelujah Chorus with the Concert Choir.

Also, at 8 p.m. Friday Dec. 15, the Concert Choir and Overtones will perform at the Grotto's 'Festival of Lights' in the chapel at 82nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard in Portland.

The Centennial High School band will perform its annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the high school auditorium, 3505 S.E. 182nd Ave. The Centennial High School band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Grotto. The Centennial Middle School choir will perform at the Grotto at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.