By SHAILJA SAINI, junior
ON JUNE 5, JP Stevens hosted their last choir concert of the year in the auditorium.
The event was open to all those who wanted to come in and listen to the members of the choir for their final performance of the 2018-2019 school year. The Concert Choir began the concert with a surround sound rendition of “Shenandoah,” a traditional American folk song. Afterwards, the Men’s Ensemble performed “Manly Men,” arranged by Kurt Knecht.
The Chamber Choir, the most selective ensemble, performed and danced to the Bollywood song “Barso Re,” which was a crowd favorite of the night. In addition, they sang “Kalējs kala debesīs,” a Latvian folk song, and “Ave Maria.”
After the Chamber Choir performed, the Treble Choir sang another Bollywood song, “Wedding Qawwali.” This song included a choreographed dance performed by some members of the choir. The A cappella Ensemble’s repertoire included “Earth Song,” “Let My Love Be Heard,” “Elijah Rock,” and “Blogodop.” The A cappella Ensemble was then joined by the Concert Choir to perform selections from “Carmina Burana,” one of the most recognizable pieces of the 20th century. For the final song of the night, alumni of the JPS Choir came on stage to sing “Lord Bless You and Keep You” with the rest of the choir.
“It felt bittersweet singing with a group of people that I know will be performing with us for the last time,” said junior Serena Ng, a dedicated member of the choir who has been in the organization for three years. “Being on stage with people I’ve grown so close to motivated me to give this last concert my full effort.” She closed her remarks about the last concert by stating that she would “miss the people leaving but [she is] excited to see what next year has in store for JPS Choir!”
The last JP choir concert of the year was a great way to say final goodbyes to the choir’s seniors, incorporate different cultures and songs to create a performance for their audience, and make the alumni feel at home by having them sing along to create an amazing experience for everyone involved.