Chorus says Farewell to Seniors in Spring Concert

The Capital Pride choir hold hands while performing a song, during the Spring Concert. Capital Pride is led by Tonya Dickens, and student conductors Collin Dail and Nola Baldwin. (Photo Used by Permission of Loren Wait)

On May 11, Beginning Chorus, Intermediate Chorale, and Capital Pride performed in their Spring Concert. In the 18 song setlist, the choirs performed separately, as well as performing the first and last songs together.

The concert started with a captivating performance of Africa. When the curtain first opened, all members of the chorus program were standing on the risers in silence. Slowly the singers transitioned from snapping to stomping their feet, to mimic the noises of nature. In an acapella version of Toto’s famous song, the chorus displayed that this show was one to stick around for.

The first individual chorus to perform was the Beginning Chorus. As an exhibit of the hard work put in by the singers, the chorus performed a challenging set list that showed their flexibility of song choice. In their fifth and last song, the chorus ended strong with their version of Home, from the musical “The Wiz”.

Next to perform was the the Intermediate Chorale. With the presentation of two songs, “Erev Shel Shoshanim” and “Sicut Cervus,” the Chorale showed their advanced technique. The highlight of their performance, however, was the solo-heavy peice “House of Gold.” Soloists, Meyers Taylor, Dominic Cruz, Ally Gee, and Charlee Johnson, made the song memorable.

Lastly, was Capital Pride. Before the entire Choir performed together, the women of CP sang an emotional “Timshel,” by Mumford and Sons. They were led by Nola Baldwin, the female student conductor.

“In the past, the female student conductor always gets to pick a song for the CP women to do. It’s always super meaningful. I found the song, it was really beautiful and has a lot of different emotional components. Considering it’s the last time a lot of us are going to sing together, I thought it was fitting,” said Baldwin.

Capital Pride performed five advanced songs, most notably “Jai Ho,” a Bollywood song from the movie Slumdog Millionaire. As the choir moved through the set, it was obvious it was emotional on stage. Being mostly seniors, many of the ensemble would be singing their last songs for the Pride.

“It was very emotional, it was a sentimental moment because it is the last time singing with the seniors. I thought it was a great last concert of the year, it was very smooth and everyone was performing at their highest level,” said Anna Gold, the rising senior conductor.

The night ended with the combined choir singing “Your Heart Goes with Me.” By the end, the seniors were standing in the back of the auditorium, watching the choir that will continue without them next year. In a beautiful moment, the chorus said a lovely goodbye to their seniors.


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