SLA Spring Concert
This year’s’ High School Spring Concert happened on Tuesday, May 24. There was quite a variety of music performed by the 7th grade class as well as the High Schoolers who participate in choir and Voce. Thankfully there was a little explanation that different students gave at the beginning of each song. The program began with our principal, Mr. Lambert, making cheesy dad jokes (he has recently become a father).
First, the 7th graders performed a song on the bells called “The Grand March from ‘Aida’” written by Martha Lynn Thompson. It was about an Egyptian pharaoh who tragically dies. His princess, Aida, finds him on the way to the tomb. They both let go of life in each other’s arms.
Next three songs were sung by Il Voce. The first, “Dry Your Tears Africa” by John Williams, spoke of a Cuban ship with many Africans on it who sang of going back to Africa, of coming home. It links the cultures of Americans and Africans. The second was a folk song called “Every Night When the Sun Goes In” by Maurice Gardner. It is a folk song about a tragic love story. A girl gets pregnant with her boyfriend’s child. She knows that he will leave her if he finds out so she decides to leave.
“Good Night, Dear Heart” by Dan Forrest and sung by Il Voce was a very sad song. You could hear the mourning of a mother. It was about a couple in the United States who were planning on adopting a young Ethiopian girl. She tragically became sick and died. This song was written by the woman who planned on adopting this girl. She wrote it as a Eulogy for the orphans of Ethiopia.
The 7th grade bell choir performed again with “Lolette’s Complaint” by Betty Paret. It was of a little girl who was jealous that her older sister could dance so well. She was very bitter about it, but then she began to move to the music and discovered she could dance as well!
The next three songs were performed by the SLA choir. The first two were quite comical. “The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give” and “My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth” were written under the title of P.D.Q. Bach. Apparently it was inspired by when musicians put their work together under one name. A man used this as an anonymous name. The first song was about the man’s wife who died of asphyxiation because she was singing and held a note for too long. These songs just comically speak of how the man’s wife can be a pain and he makes fun of her while still professing his love. There were some interesting sounds coming from the singers as a part of the music!
The second to last song was an arrangement from “The Phantom of the Opera” by Ed Lojeski. It was the longest song because it was (I was told) six songs put into one. It is about a young aspiring woman who is an amazing singer. The Phantom of the Opera finds her and makes her into a famous opera singer. Unfortunately he has a scar that covers half of his face so he hides it. The woman ends up falling in love, and gets engaged to another man. The Phantom of the Opera becomes furious and yet longing. He cries out for her love.
The last song was the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Peter Wilhousky. It was originally written by Julia Ward Howe who lived during the Civil War. She watched troops singing about a man who got hung for his beliefs in freeing slaves. This song was inspired by the troops who sang that song. It has become one of our national Hymns and most prized songs.
The program was a blessing to all who were there. Have you been a part of a Spring Concert? Tell us about your experience below!