New Trier High School presents 100th Annual Winter Music Festival on Dec. 17

New Trier High School invites all community members, families and alumni to a special centennial performance of its Annual Winter Music Festival at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 in Gates Gymnasium on the Winnetka Campus.

The 100th anniversary program features a broad selection of seasonal music performed at the concert dating back to 1935, as well as remembrances from former Music Department Chairs Theodore Klinka and Phillip Smith. Audience members will join with the school in honoring the program's rich history, beginning with a small "Christmas Program" in 1918 to the large-scale production of the past several decades.

The New Trier Music Department's annual "gift to the community" has showcased the high school's talented bands, orchestras and choirs for the past century, providing an opportunity for each of the 650 students involved in music ensembles to perform a free concert for the community.

"New Trier community members have supported our exceptional Music program for more than 100 years, and we are thrilled to celebrate this milestone with them on December 17th," said Music Department Chair David Ladd. "This special concert will include remembrances of the program since its inception and performances of selections both traditional and modern. This will truly be a treat for our community, families and alumni."

All New Trier Music alumni are invited to come to the festival and participate in a sing-along to the traditional grand finale of the "Hallelujah! Chorus" performed this year by the Festival Chorus and Symphony Orchestra.

The Winter Music Festival will be broadcast live on Channel 18 in Winnetka, Glencoe, and Kenilworth, and on Channel 16 in Wilmette and Northfield. The performance will also be webcast live worldwide at http://www.ntjazz.com , and simulcast in stereo on WNTH, 88.1 FM.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive to campus early for this popular event. Parking is available in the Indian Hill parking lot at Green Bay Road and Winnetka Avenue, as well as in the New Trier lots along Essex Road. New Trier staff will be on hand to help visitors find parking.