• Malden High Holds Spring Choral Concert

    by  • May 26, 2017 • Event, Local • 0 Comments

    By Neden Bernadin and Man Nguyen

    Malden High School Choral Art Society held their annual Spring Choral Concert on May 12th in the Jenkins Auditorium. The show ran under the direction of Todd Cole and Cindy Horsman Mckeen, who played the piano throughout the program. The show consisted of performances by the Mixed Chorus, Concert Choir and the Madrigal Singers.

    Chorus teacher Mr. Cole opens the spring concert.

    Mr.Cole started off with the show by giving recognition to Principal Lombardi as well as recognizing the students for their efforts. The Mixed Chorus group kicked off the show on a high note with an opera styled song title “How Can I Stop Singing My Song?”, written by Cynthia Gray. Followed after was a piece arranged by Mark Hayes, which combined the songs “Lean on Me” with “We Shall Overcome”. Proceeding after was an American Folk song by the name of “Cross The Wide Missouri” this piece featured a well done flute performance by concert band President, Naomi Brill. To end off the act, the group sang the 1980´s Michael Jackson classic “Man in the Mirror”, and ended with a song from the Broadway musical Rent, “Seasons of Love.” Solo performances were made by Dimitri Borrero, Birukti Tsige, Rocio Mejia, and Isabella Calderon Ordonez.

    Mr.Cole introduced the Concert Choir next, they started with a touching ballad titled “He's Gone Away” arranged by Ron Nelson. Proceeding after, was a difficult classical/vocal titled “Agnus Dei” arranged by Gabriel Faure. The last two twists consist of “Cups” from the movie Pitch Perfect, and 80s medley of songs from female artists during that era.

    Lastly the Madrigal singers took the stage which consisted of solo performances from Caitlyn Leonard, Nicolas Acuna, and Aundraya Martin. The group performed a variety of different songs such as “He ain´t Heavy, He´s my Brother” arranged by Jay Althouse. Then a French classical piece, “ll Est Bel Et Bon ( I Know A Young Maiden)” composed by Pierre Passereau.

    The Percussion Ensemble featured Salma Bezzat, Thomas D´Onofrio and Kevin Ochoa.

    Both Mixed Chorus and the Concert Choir give off impressive performances in foreign languages such as piece that the choir performed was called “Turot Eszik a cigany”. In English, it translate to “See the Gypsies Munching Cheese” which was written and composed by Zoltán Kodály.

    Mr.Cole wants to thank the students for accepting ownership as their responsibility ahead of the event, and cooperating as a team. He added that ¨ not only did they execute the musical pieces just as [they] prepared on them, but they worked together to pull off all of the logistics of the evening.¨

    With planning this annual event, Mr.Cole realizes that anything can go wrong so he creates ¨a meticulous plan¨ in which he can receive feedback from the student leaders before dress rehearsals. With any luck, last minute changes are often necessary, and it is important be passed around among the participants.

    About

    Neden Bernadin, a Junior at Malden High, is in her third year of the Blue and Gold. This year Bernadin would like to report on local news this year. Bernadin is a very shy and quiet person who likes to stay home and do homework after school. She reads any genre of books and is currently reading “ The Great Gatsby” in English class. She likes to listen to country music but likes any type of music. Bernadin states her favorite class this year is journalism because of how interesting and different it is from other classes she has taken. Her role model is her mom because she is very protective and cares a lot about what she does. Next year Bernadin is visiting family in Haiti and wants to know more about her culture and origin, but her dream vacation is Hawaii. Her favorite food is pizza and her favorite place to go is the mall. After high school she would like to go to college but doesn’t know which college to attend or what she would like to major in.

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