Choir hosts Winter Concert
Mustang Singers, Treble Choir, Rhapsody in Blue, Men‚Äôs Ensemble and Chamber Singers performed at their annual Winter Choir Concert Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 9 in the Performing Arts Center.
The choirs first sang classical pieces, such as ‚ÄúCantante Domino,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúBelo Que Bonito‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúSing Dem Hern‚ÄĚ during Act 1 to emphasize their musicality and aptitude at learning foreign languages. Classical vocal techniques also improve diction, vocals and blend of voices. They then performed to more well-known Christmas songs such as ‚ÄúSanta Claus Is Coming to Town‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúJingle Bell Rock,‚ÄĚ placing more emphasis on Christmas spirit and joy.
‚ÄúThere was a lot of anxiety about not messing up, but I kept telling myself to keep smiling, have the right facial expressions, stay on my toes and don’t get too nervous,‚ÄĚ Treble sophomore Danae Lee said. ‚Äú I think we did pretty well. I was proud of how we worked together as a choir and ¬†I hope the audience was able to get into the christmas spirit and realize that we really are a special program.‚ÄĚ
Five singers were featured during the concert. Rhapsody in Blue senior Mariah Quintero sang a solo, ‚ÄúMerry Christmas Baby.‚ÄĚ There were also two duets, one from Chamber seniors Christian Fontejon and Janavie Maramba, ‚ÄúBaby It‚Äôs Cold Outside‚ÄĚ and another sung by Chamber senior Adrienne Caparaz and junior Eugene Lo, ‚ÄúLet it Snow/White Christmas.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúPerforming “Merry Christmas Baby” was a dream come true. Because I’ve been wanting to sing this song that I had grown up with, it was personally satisfying not only due to the fact that I could utilize more stage performance but because I got to develop my artistry and take it one step further too,‚ÄĚ Rhapsody in Blue senior Quintero said.
Near the end of the concert, the choirs performed ‚ÄúPeace Peace/Silent Night,‚ÄĚ the only song sung by all of the choirs collectively. Treble Choir, Mustang Singers and Rhapsody non-seniors held candles to contribute to the tranquil atmosphere. After, Chamber Singers, as an annual tradition, ended the concert with ‚ÄúWe Wish You a Merry Christmas.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe coolest thing about singing ‚ÄėSilent Night‚Äô is hearing 180 voices in unison singing a beautiful song,‚ÄĚ Men‚Äôs Ensemble junior Dylan Campos said. ‚ÄúAlso, our audience is always full of people and to have them show you how good you did, having at least a hundred people clapping and cheering for you feels great.‚ÄĚ
Written by Nicole Chiang, Staff writer
Photo by Samuel Compolongo