Choir performed at Spring Pops Concert

Choir performed its last concert of the year, “Spring Pops,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 in the Performing Arts Center.

The concert featured contemporary pop music and songs from musicals. This year, many of the songs followed the theme, “Old Hollywood.” The performances showcased more dancing and choreography compared to other concerts this year. Choir performed songs, such as “Another Day of Sun” from “La La Land,” “Strong” from “Cinderella,” “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” “We know the Way” from “Moana” and “Dancing through Life” from “Wicked.”

“My favorite song was ‘This Is Me’ from the musical ‘The Greatest Showman’ because it was the biggest song of the show, [and it] combined Rhapsody [in Blue], Men’s [Ensemble] and Chamber [Singers]. I had all the people around me, and I feel like we were united. The lyrics are saying that ‘I’m not afraid to be who I am’ and that really connects with a lot of people,” Chamber Singers senior Jason Wei said.

Student soloists and small ensembles, such as Chamber Singers senior Julia Prudencio with the song “Breathe,” also performed. Choir honored the seniors by giving tiaras to the senior girls and flowers to the senior boys.

“This concert is very significant because it’s our last concert with the seniors. Everything has led up to this, and [the seniors] start to remember where they came from and how it all started and the journey that led them to that point,” Rhapsody in Blue junior Akira Romyanond said. “It’s definitely almost heartbreaking. We’ve been through one entire year with each other, and we’ve trained all this way, and they’re going to leave.”

The choreographer for all the choirs, Brianne Dugan, taught students the proper movements and steps of their dances. Choir students recorded the choreography to review and to practice it at home.

“Our choreographer kept us in control, so we knew when to focus and learn what we needed. Not to mention the moments where we could give insight about how we could make our moves better,” Men’s Ensemble senior Brandon Arca said. “She was really awesome, and it was great working with her.”

Each choir prepared for the concert by running over the dance with their choreographer, practicing lyrics and notes and refining their facial expressions. In order to work out the technical details, choir ran through the entire show in the Performing Arts Center prior to the concert.

“I’m quite satisfied with how [the concert] went out. It’s almost surreal that it was my last concert, but I’m proud to have worked with my classmates and all of the other choirs,” Arca said.

By Raymond Dunn, Staff writer
Photo by Isaac Le