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Holidays at the Oregon Capitol Feature Choirs of SchoolkidsBonnie King Salem-News.com
Pringle Elementary's choir was one of many that performed for visitors Friday at the Capitol.
(SALEM, Ore.) - An Oregon family tradition continues through December 23rd at the state Capitol.
Many decorated trees adorn the domed room, with a beautiful 27 foot Grand Fir tree the focal point upon entering the Capitol building. This year, the tree was provided by the Oregon State Forestry Department, cut from the South Fork forest camp near Tillamook.
A replica village of historic Salem surrounds the tree, with the A.C. Gilbert electric train making the rounds of the would-be city, and keeping viewers entranced between choirs.
The tree lighting took place December 1st, and students from Keizer Elementary kicked off the holiday musical performances at the event. Masters of ceremonies were Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, and House Speaker Dave Hunt, D-Gladstone, only slightly upstaged by the man in red. Santa Claus helped light the tree and many took advantage of the opportunity to take free pictures with old Saint Nick.
Oregon's Capitol is a modern Greek structure with a grand Rotunda entrance, and highlighted by four types of marble and incredible Depression Era art.
Performing in the Rotunda is the pinnacle of the school year for many students, and a memory that will literally last a lifetime.
Please see the video (below) to enjoy four selections performed by the Pringle Elementary School in Salem, directed by Rachel Babbs. The free concerts in the Capitol continue through December 23rd. Oregon State Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301; Building Hours: Monday – Friday from 7:30AM – 5:00PM.
For the choir schedule, click here: http://www.leg.state.or.us/capinfo/choir2010.pdf
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW:
Bonnie King has been with Salem-News.com since August '04, when she became Publisher. Bonnie has served in a number of positions in the broadcast industry; TV Production Manager at KVWB (Las Vegas WB) and Producer/Director for the TV series "Hot Wheels in Las Vegas", posts as TV Promotion Director for KYMA (NBC), and KFBT (Ind.), Asst. Marketing Director (SUPERSHOPPER MAGAZINE), Director/Co-Host (Coast Entertainment Show), Radio Promotion Director (KBCH/KCRF), and Newspapers In Education/Circulation Sales Manager (STATESMAN JOURNAL NEWSPAPER). Bonnie has a depth of understanding that reaches further than just behind the scenes, and that thoroughness is demonstrated in the perseverance to correctly present each story with the wit and wisdom necessary to compel and captivate viewers. View articles written by Bonnie King
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