By ASHLEY LEUNG and PATRICIA LUONG
Malden High School’s Choral Arts Society held their annual Spring Concert on May 8, 2013. A tremendous amount of hard work has been done with the help of Todd Cole, the director of the Choral Arts Society to pull off the event. In every class, the musicians worked on technique, pitch, rhythm, and learning/memorizing their selections.
The concert started off with a performance of Hallelujah, Cole's favorite piece performed that night, for not only was it a wonderful piece, but the choir enjoyed singing that song. Other selections performed by the concert choir included “You Made Me Love You,” “Love Will Keep Us Together,” and “If I Fell.” Before the audience welcomed the Mixed Chorus, the males of the Concert Choir gave an outstanding performance of “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame,” with solos from nearly all the singers.
Although the Mixed Chorus had many first year musicians, they pulled off a spectacular performance, wowing the crowd with their performances of “One Short Day,” “Bring Him Home,” “How Long,” “I Can’t Smile Without You,” and “With One Dream.” Freshman Vanise Loc, states that, “there was a bit of work to be done on some pieces with little time to get it done, but in the end [they] pulled it together and gave it [their] best at the night of the concert.”
The Madrigal Singers took the stage after the Mixed Chorus and delighted the audience with songs in different languages. Selections sung by the Madrigal Singers included “I Delight In All Your Beauty,” “La, La, La (Je ne ‘lo),” “O occhi, manza mia,” “Leave, alas, this tormenting,” “Since Robin Hood,” and “You Stole My Love.”
The concert ended with final performances from the Concert Choir. The females of the Concert Choir opened up with a song called “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair.” It went well with the song the males of the concert choir sung, creating a fun atmosphere for the audience. The Concert Choir proceeded to sing “Festival Sanctus,” “Summertime,” “Cantate Domino,” and closed the concert with a strong performance of “That’s Life.”
This year’s concert did not disappoint and left the audience wanting an encore. Mr. Cole has advised the musicians of the Choral Arts Society to “keep practicing because there is always room to grow as a musician. But most importantly, never lose [their] love for singing [because] it should always be one of the most enjoyable things [they] do.”