Choir performs Prelude to Spring concert

Choir performed in its annual Prelude to Spring concert on Thursday, Feb. 8 and Friday, Feb. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Chamber Singers opened the musical with classical a capella pieces from various cultures including Kenyan, Thai, Swedish and American songs such as “Wana Baraka,” “Lao Duang,” “Berusa Er” and “Jar of Hearts.”

“I think Chamber did really well considering how we had some people sick and some people missing. We did well under the time crunch we had to learn our music,” Chamber Singer senior Erin Marie Lopez said.

Treble Choir followed Chamber Singers, performing an upbeat Italian song called “Venga Nel Nostro Coro” to set an inviting and joyful atmosphere. Treble Choir also sang “Now my Heart,” “Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie” and “Artza Alinu.” Suzanne Middle School’s choir teamed up with Treble singing “Kuimba” and “Let all Nations Sing” on Thursday.

“Performing is really a thrill. It’s really fun for all of the choirs to get together and learn different songs. It shows off that you can be confident in what you do,” Treble Choir sophomore Victoria Huynh said. “When you watch the choir sing, it’s like they’re all informed and they’re really together. It feels nice to be a part of that, to be a part of the choir.”

After Treble Choir, Mustang Singers performed three songs: “Exsultate, Jubilate,” “In This Ancient House” and “Cindy.” Each song centered around the theme of classical and traditional folk songs.

“I think we did good. We sang beautifully and our parts matched [the] tones,” Mustang Singer freshman Judd Diaz said. “Performing helps us bond together because if we practice the songs over and over we sound like a real choir with confidence. The songs we do are either mysterious or exciting.”

Men’s Ensemble performed a variety of songs including Latin and Spanish pieces such as “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” “Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia” and “If You’ve Only Got A Moustache”. The selected songs featured their vocals as well as their facial expressions during lighthearted and comedic moments.

“I guess it’s just the teamwork that everyone has because everyone in Men’s, we’re not strangers you know, we’re like friends and we all help each other when we need it. We’re like brothers,” Men’s Ensemble sophomore Gordon Cai said. “If we’re a bunch of brothers singing on stage, we just feel a surge of confidence singing as a pack, and it just feels so fun. [We feel] so much confidence when we sing.”

Rhapsody in Blue closed the concert by singing and dancing to the pop songs “Someone in the Crowd”, “Live in Living Color”, “True Colors” and “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody”. Since Rhapsody in Blue has been rehearsing its show competition songs, they were the only choir to have a choreographed dance.

“It was nerve-wracking at first, since it was my last time performing at Prelude to Spring. However, as soon as the lights shone on us and “Someone in the Crowd” started playing, I instantly felt better and performed to the best of my ability,” Rhapsody in Blue senior Lindy Chen said. “After practicing for months, it finally felt like we owned the show set.”

By Matthew Au and Raymond Dunn, Staff writers
Photo by Joseph Kazoyan