The Buffalo Grove High School Music Department will present the first Winter Celebration, which features a musical storytelling of "The Polar Express."

On Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17, the gymnasium will become a concert venue as audience members join together to hear the classic story told through word and sound.

Tickets for all ages are $5 and may be purchased at the door, while supplies last, or online at

The event will feature the Symphonic Bands (directed by Henry Kappler), combined Choirs (directed by Debora Utley), and the Buffalo Grove High School Full Orchestras, (directed by Elizabeth Bennett).

Music selections will include pieces from the movie such as "Spirit of the Season" and "Hot Chocolate," as well as selections that aid in telling the story, such as Prokofiev's "Troika," and even an audience singalong of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."

Concessions will be available before, during, and after each performance. Coloring pages, designed by Buffalo Grove music students, will be included in the program for little ones to color along as they hear the sounds of the story.

Additionally, following both performances, audience members are invited to extend their experience by visiting the craft station, Instrument Petting Zoo, and even have pictures taken with Santa on Sunday only.

The performances take place at the Buffalo Grove High School gym at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, and last approximately one hour. For information, contact the Buffalo Grove High School music directors at (847) 718-4047.