Leesville’s vocal ensembles held their annual spring concert on Friday, May 14. Beginning, Intermediate, and Capital Pride ensembles performed a versatile set of music for both 4:30 and 7:30 concerts.
The concert began with a joint processional led by the senior members of each choir. All choirs surrounded the audience with an African inspired piece entitled “It Takes a Whole Village.”
The first group to perform was the beginning choir, as they displayed an impressive level of maturity and growth from their first concert.
Next to perform was the Intermediate chorus, who surprised the audience with their unified sound .
“If you shut your eyes it sounded like a small ensemble, not a choir of like over fifty people” said Challie Sullivan, senior.
The ensemble performed the Simon and Garfunkel classic, “Bridge over Troubled Water,” which was a crowd favorite.
Capital Pride, who recently returned from an International Choir Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, was prepared with a repertoire of challenging music including a percussion piece called “Ritmo.” Capital Pride members performed the piece in Spanish, accompanied by 4-part clapping, stomping, tapping and snapping.
“We totally mastered that piece,” said Charhlsie Lincoln, junior. “It’s probably because we focused a lot on that song in Charleston.”
The mood of the 7:30 concert was bittersweet as the seniors sang in their final concert. “I couldn’t even hold my tears through our first song,” said Alyssa Libritzi, senior. “It’s just sad to leave these people I’ve been singing with for four years—they’re like my family,” she said.