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Final Choir Concert of the School Year Comes to an Emotional End

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Concert Choir in the midst of performing.

YUMA, AZ – Defying all expectations of a normal choir performance, choir classes gave their final performance of the year last night in Snider Auditorium with entertaining theatrics, a beautiful setup, and much more.

As one walked through the door, a refreshing setup of lights were thread across the stage. After a dimming of the lights and a full house, the concert started with an arrangement of Ave Maria, arranged by Tomas Luis De Victoria, with Kitty Hummer kicking it off with a Soprano Solo.

Afterwards, Choir Director Laura Surguine expressed the opportunity of the coincidence that the concert ended up on May Fourth, Star Wars Day. Because of this, a rendition of the Imperial March was played on unorthodox devices known as boom whackers, which are in turn usually used for note practices. The performance was made all the more enjoyable due to choir students participating in a duel with makeshift light sabers made from boom whackers.

“We’ve never done anything like that before,” Surguine said. “We have played them before but we never prepared a piece to play before. I didn’t know if we were actually going to pull it off.”

The concert itself consisted of songs great in difficulty and risk.  An example would be Cantate Domino, including solos from Genevieve Amstutz and Genesis Solorzano from the Lady Crim Choir. Not only did it take loads of practice but it went with factors not used before, such as chanting.

“That is, by far the most ambitious piece we did,” Surguine said.

As mentioned before, the song Ave Maria, was on the same level of difficulty.

Many solos were performed this year as well. Accomplished choir members like Valeria Cerda and Moira Christiansen were soloists and performed with all their heart.

“It’s a huge accomplishment to get up and sing in front of an audience like that,” Surguine said. “It’s very, very difficult to do.”

With any performance, a mishap here and there isn’t uncommon so choir had their fair share of difficulties during the show, however, only minuscule errors like a wrong key played from here and there and a shift in the tempo was all that could be found.

What differentiated this particular concert from the standard was the incorporation of famous songs, not usually sung by choir groups. Outstanding arrangements of Imagine by John Lennon, Beautiful by Linda Perry, Some Nights by Fun, and lastly, Hallelujah by recently deceased Leonard Cohen.

The concert came to a sweet end when adieu’s were in store for seniors and their original class dedication song, while also creating a new tradition of having alumni swing as well. Roses, letters and tears were exchanged in this heartwarming end, leaving a concert to be remembered for years on end.

“I’m really proud of them,” Surguine said.  “I have seen so much growth and I know that the kids coming out of this program, there is not a single one of them that I don’t have faith in and that I think is not going to succeed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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