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Choir students work through issues, sing beautifully at pop concert

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Senior Erin Davis sings her solo at the choir concert Tuesday, May 23.

Senior Erin Davis sings her solo at the choir concert Tuesday, May 23.

IMAGE / Emilie Lewis

IMAGE / Emilie Lewis

Senior Erin Davis sings her solo at the choir concert Tuesday, May 23.

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Although I had two loud and obnoxious audience members sitting behind me, I thoroughly enjoyed the choir’s annual pop concert.

Kearsley held the performances Monday and Tuesday, May 22 and May 23, and I attended the second show.

The choir kicked the concert off with Katy Perry’s hit “Firework.” There was a small mix up in the beginning of the song where the pianist started playing the wrong part, but they easily fixed it and went on with the performance.

While the song was going, eight dancers danced on the side of the stage with blue and red ribbons.

The dancers included Kaylee Hill, Cami Clarambeau, Tori Jones, Amiee Clark, Claudia Moore, Sara Walker, Sadie Osgood, and Shelby Cranmer. Their dancing consisted of simple moves, such as snaps, to more iconic moves, like the sprinkler.

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Dancers perform with the choir on Tuesday, May 23.

The group of dancers danced to “Firework,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, and “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars.

Throughout the concert, there were some mistakes that stalled performances.

One of these included Sophomores Chloe Clarambeau and Claudia Moore’s solo of “Landslide” by the Dixie Chicks. Before the song started, Clarambeau had a small issue with her guitar, but she quickly tuned it, apologized for the wait, and she and Moore began their duet.

Their performance definitely made up for the extra minute the audience had to wait.

Many students had solos inside of certain songs, including Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John. The choir members would either start the song off, sing a part in the middle, or end the song with their solos.

Toward the end of the concert, the seniors took part in the annual Rose Ceremony.

Last night, (Monday), we had a few bumps, but we worked them all out and I felt tonight went really well. You could ask any of the kids and they’d tell you the same thing.”

— Mrs. Reneee Kotzian, choir director

While the seniors walked around the auditorium passing out flowers to audience members who influenced them, the choir sang Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” At the end of the song the seniors stood toward the back of the auditorium and joined the rest of the choir singing.

Mrs. Renee Kotzian, choir director, believes that the second performance was better than the first.

“Last night, (Monday), we had a few bumps, but we worked them all out and I felt tonight went really well,” Kotzian said. “You could ask any of the kids and they’d tell you the same thing.”

The song list included songs from the late 1900s and hits from today. Therefore, the concert was entertaining for audience members of all ages.

I really enjoyed this concert and am looking forward to next year’s show.

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