We kicked off Day 1 of the Spring Arts Festival with performances by all of the Junior High and High School choral ensembles. The North Pointe choirs sang to a standing room only crowd in the theater, performing a program entitled Music Across Cultures. The a cappella group began the concert, entertaining the audience with vocal-only versions of contemporary songs such as Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”, and Sia’s “Elastic Heart”. The Beginning High School Choir followed, singing selections from South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, Japan, and closing with a lively Russian number. The Junior High Choir impressed the audience with their mastery Swahili, French, Spanish and Japanese, highlighted by soloists Annie Lobos and Nicole Rodriguez, and featuring world percussion instruments. Closing the program was the Advanced Choir. Audiences enjoyed the mens’ rendition of a traditional South African song, complete with African drumming, followed by a very dramatic display of adoration and hate during the female-only Dear John. The audience seemed to really connect with the emotionalPrayer of the Children, and soloists Kenny Hunley and Haylie Perna led the closing song of the concert, Wangol, complete with singing, dancing, and percussion, before inviting all the choirs back on stage to join them.
Director Megan Goodman said, “It has really been an awesome semester for the choirs. I say every semester that the groups keep getting better and better, and this performance is no exception! Everyone has worked so incredibly hard, and I’m very proud of the performance they were able to give tonight. What a great way to start off the week of awesome performances!” She also emphasized how much impact this year’s seniors have had on the program, and how sad she will be to see them go!