NPHS’s choir Fall Spectacular promising look into the school’s musical future

Written by: Ellie Harris, Opinion Editor

Photo by: Anna Spellman fallconcertpic

All of the New Palestine High School choirs began the school year on the right foot with their “Fall Spectacular” concert.

The mixed concert choir began with arrangements of “We Will Praise You” by Michael Praetorius, “My Love And I” arranged by Sonja and Berta Poorman, and “Mi Vida, Mi Canción” by Jay Althouse. This choir is made up mainly of freshmen, but they showed promising adjustment to the mechanics the high school choral department.

Next, came the women’s chorus “Bella Voce”. They sang “If Love Has Wings” by Franz Liszt, a beautiful choral arrangement of Emily Dickinson’s “Heart We Will Forget Him” by Laura Farnell, and an acapella version of the Beatles’ “Hey Jude”. This group was polished and professional and I look forward to hearing them at Christmas time.

After Bella Voce the children who went to the elementary show choir camp did an arrangement of “I’m a Believer” by Mark Brymer. The kids learned their song last Saturday over a time span of three hours, but their performance was fun, and the personalities they showed during their performances will hopefully shine through in years to come if they decide to continue in high school.

Next came the all female show choir- Diamond Sensations, beginning with “Turn the Beat Around” by Peter Jackson Jr. and Gerald Jackson and a solo by Kaylee Russel. Their choreography was polished, their harmonies were distinguishable, and if this was just the fall preview, their competition performance will be spectacular. Their two ballads were “Home” by Charlie Smalls and “Fields of Gold” by G.M. Sumner with solos by Maddi DiCristofolo, Tori Dennis and Ava Sleeth, and they ended with “When Love Takes Over” arrenged by “Mark Brymer”.

After Diamonds came the mixed show choir Crimson Heat. A highlight of the evening- this choir had more of a jazzy feel with “Feeling Good” by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly  with a solo by Jordon Wallen and “Don’t Know Why” by Paris Rutherford with soloist Hailee Holberton. “Set Me As a Seal” René Clausen seemed like a change of pace in the action, but the harmonies were pretty, and they ended with upbeat “Sing” by Mark Brymer with Sydney Cornwell and Mitchell Beebe.

Diamonds joined Crimson onstage and they all performed “Better When I’m Dancin’” arranged by Roger Emerson, and finally all the choirs went on stage to sing “Praise His Holy Name” by Keith Hampton. Controversial as it is to sing an arrangement of hymns at a public school fall concert, it sounded beautiful.

In conclusion, this concert was a promising and exciting preview into the Christmas concert as well as the talent the show choirs will have going into competition season.

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