MPS’ Riverside choirs to sing at Courthouse Christmas Tree Lighting

MILWAUKEE – Nearly 50 students from Milwaukee Public Schools’ Riverside University High School will perform Thursday afternoon at the Milwaukee County Courthouse Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place inside the courthouse, 901 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee 53233, at 4 p.m.

Students from RUHS’ Madrigal and Swing choirs will perform.

The performance will come less than three weeks after students from MPS’ Lincoln Center of the Arts Middle School Choir performed at the 99th City-County Tree Lighting at Red Arrow Park.

“We’re honored that our students have been invited to showcase their musical gifts and talents for the Milwaukee community,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. “Thank you to our students and to the educators who give the gift of music to them.”

Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving nearly 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000.