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'Music is Life' choir concert delivered with gusto PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   
    Delivering their final concert of the year with gusto and enthusiasm, the HHS chorus, HJHS chorus and HHS Select Choir entertained Monday evening, April 27.
    “Music is Life” was an appropriate concert theme, and quotes from notable people were highlighted in the printed program, as well as on digital image messages displayed on the back wall of the stage.
    This was the final concert for seniors LeAnne McWilliams and Flor Varela, and was an emotional one for them as they were acknowledged by director Marcia Dalton.
    “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music,” was the lead program quote by Rachmaninoff.
    Ella Stewart opened Monday night’s program singing Out Here on my Own, from Fame.
    Other soloists during the evening included Mariah Struckmeyer, Daddy’s Hands; Kracinda Thompson, Caro Mio Ben; Kaylee Groshans, Not While I’m Around, with Tara Krueger as her assistant.
    Brooke Parker, Someone’s Watchcing Over Me; Sarah Heermann, Quella Fiamma; Jordan Zeiler, May it Be; Nora Roth, On My Own; and LeAnne McWilliams, May You Always have a Song.
    Duets were sung by Brian DeBoer and Ella Stewart, Who Am I; Ella Stewart and Sarah Heermann, Scarborough Fair; and Mallory Purnell and Mariah Struckmeyer, Only Hope.
    Phantom of the Opera Medley was early in the program, performed by the HHS chorus.
    Junior high chorus members sang Dust in the Wind; Kyrie, with small group soloists Eva Penzing, Brittney Prottsman, Makayla Spitz and Shaylee Krueger; This is Me; and One Shining Moment with soloists Phillip Beck, Ryan Parker, Logan Tharp and Trevor Dalton.
    During One Shining Moment, a display of local junior high and high school sports photos were featured in a slide show on the back wall. Special acknowledgement was given to all the school’s athletes for giving so many shining moments in sports this year.
    In their shiny, sequined turquoise dresses and vest (for lone male member Brian DeBoer), the HHS Select Choir was a bright attraction as they added choreography by Nora Roth and Megan Colglazier to their numbers.
    Select Choir numbers were Forever Polyester, with soloists Ella Stewart, Flor Varela and Brian DeBoer; Puttin’ on the Ritz; and Big Spender.
    Inscription of Hope was presented by a junior high girls’ group consisting of Eva Penzing, Brittney Prottsman, Camille Elliott, Elissa Baker, Alexis Lenhart, Makayla Spitz, Kelsey Kramer, Becca Weaver, Shaylee Krueger, Chandler Gerk, Persha Mason and Malena McWilliams.
    Five JH boys including Phillip Beck, Logan Tharp, Ryan Parker, Trevor Dalton and Wyatt Bishop sang Barbara Ann.
    In a mini-tribute to the 1980’s, HHS Chorus members dressed the part in bright-colored clothing, presenting the Awesome ’80s and Girls Rock the ’80s with soloists Chantel Rafert, Christina Banaka and Teanna Amaral. Ty Glittenberg was the featured whistle soloist.