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Choir dazzles with December Dreams

All choirs performed at their annual winter concert with the theme of “December Dreams” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 in the Performing Arts Center.

The concert opened with classical pieces, then transitioned to choreographed holiday songs to match the festive theme in the second act. 

“Performing it on stage was really nice because all our hard work paid off, and we were able to perform for a group of people while spreading holiday cheer,” Chamber Singers junior Chelsea Tien said.

This year’s concert exhibited a variety of traditional holiday songs including “Let Love Light the Way” arranged by Audrey Snyder, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” arranged by Jeff Funk and “Run, Run Rudolph” arranged by Roger Emerson. Other songs, including “Pin Pin De Serapin” arranged by Jude Roldan and “El Cielo Canta Alegria” by Pablo Sosa, were sung in Tagalog and Spanish, respectively.

“My [classical piece] that we performed is called Pin Pin De Sarapin. It’s a Filipino song [that] comes from a hand game and is musically interesting [because] not one part of the song is the same throughout,” Rhapsody in Blue senior Aleona Quintua said.

Aside from the main choir groups, individual performers and ensembles featured songs they had prepared themselves. A quintet composed of Chamber Singers junior Chelsea Tien and seniors Gordon Cai, Sam Hanks, Brianna Mbuthi and Lawrence Milo performed “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” as sung by Pentatonix. Chamber Singers senior Isabel Jones also performed a solo rendition of Ella Fitzgerald’s “Sleigh Ride.” 

“The reason I do it is because I get an adrenaline rush, and after I [leave the stage], I have all this energy,” Jones said. “It’s exhilarating to be performing [a solo].”

All choirs came together to perform “Let Love Light the Way” arranged by Audrey Snyder and “Peace, Peace” arranged by Fred Bock. “December Dreams” drew to a close with performances from Chamber Singers, which ended with an a capella version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” arranged by Linda Spevacek.

Performers learned more difficult choreography than in previous years for “That Time of Year,” arranged by Mark Bryner, which consisted of a fast tempo and complex step patterns. The choreography of “What Shall We do with a Drunken Sailor” was expressed through short, playful movements.

Performers learned more difficult choreography than in previous years for “That Time of Year,” arranged by Mark Bryner, which consisted of a fast tempo and complex step patterns. The choreography of “What Shall We do with a Drunken Sailor” was expressed through short, playful movements.

“The song has a downbeat that is a lot faster than the other classical songs we perform, and the nature of [it] gives us freedom to be more expressive with our motions,” Men’s Ensemble freshman Nathaniel Pinpin said. “It has a distinct blend of voices that makes [listening to it] more enjoyable.”

By Milo Santiago, Staff writer
Photo by Isaac Le



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