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Jan. 8, 2005

Winter Choral Concert is impressive

by Diana Frey, Page Editor
Blair held its Winter Choral Concert on Friday night, Jan. 7, with a nearly full auditorium. The audience was a good mix of students and parents who arrived to see the Chamber Choir, the Guitar Ensemble, InToneNation, Blazer Choir and the Orchestra perform. The groups were led by choral director Paul Newport and band director Dustin Doyle.
The Blazer Choir performs during the Winter Concert on Friday, Jan. 8 under the  direction of Paul Newport. Christopher Consolino
The Blazer Choir performs during the Winter Concert on Friday, Jan. 8 under the direction of Paul Newport.

The night started out with Chamber Choir, which blended its sopranos, altos, tenors and basses very well. They performed a very interesting piece titled "Mother, I Will Have A Husband" by Thomas Vautor, and although the lyrics were a tad odd, the quality sound made up for them. In their second song, senior Alicia Posner sang a beautiful solo, nailing every pitch. Chamber Choir's last song, the commonly known William Tell Overture, was well done, with singers' mouths moving so fast that it was robot-like. Overall, the Chamber Choir was synchronized and started the show off with a bang.

The Guitar Ensemble followed the Chamber Choir, putting a classical spin on the rock-guitar sound. Although they had a little trouble staying in unison at times, they accomplished a very wide range of tones, from medieval-sounding to calm and peaceful. The guitarists especially did justice to the popular song "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams.

InToneNation followed with a wowing performance as usual, making both the performers and the audience smile. Keeping their own beats with excellent timing, InToneNation performed songs ranging from tunes sounding like those of pop stars, with a shining solo by senior Brittany Moyer, to a more somber song.
Senior Susan Blythe-Goodman plays the cello during the symphony orchestra's rendition of Handel's "Messiah" in conjunction with the Blazer Choir. Christopher Consolino
Senior Susan Blythe-Goodman plays the cello during the symphony orchestra's rendition of Handel's "Messiah" in conjunction with the Blazer Choir.
They finished with junior Samir Paul proving that he could sound like an authentic DJ, while director junior Nathan Blustein's solo erupted through the microphone. The audience could not hold back laughs at the comical sight and sound.

The Blazer Choir, which is Blair's largest choir, stood out in their matching, spiffy red uniforms. The Blazer Choir represented Blair's diversity by singing not only in English, but in Japanese and Hebrew as well! However, no matter what the language, they were very sweet-sounding, putting on a good show and continuing to do so into the finale.

Doyle explained to the audience that for the final part of the show, the choir had tried something new: they joined with the full orchestra and even featured some staff and alumni. The result was a magnificent sound of unity and togetherness, fitting like a puzzle, as the song "He Trusted in God and Hallelujah!" filled the auditorium. And it was a grand finale indeed.



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  • great job! on January 8, 2005 at 7:09 PM
    yay for Sam, Diego, and the rest of InToneNation!!
  • ... on January 8, 2005 at 9:37 PM
    "He Trusted God" and "Hallelujah" are two different pieces from the Messiah... -_-;;
  • S.Bea on January 8, 2005 at 10:30 PM
    Hey!! u go Alicia Gurl :-)
  • Heylen Chicas (View Email) on January 9, 2005 at 11:13 AM
    THere should be more on Full Orchestra
  • Handel on January 9, 2005 at 12:07 PM
    The the finale was impressive, but I wouldn't call it magnificent. The horn section was a little weak and they missed, or I didn't hear, some of the crescendos that make "Hallelujah Chorus" from the Messiah one of Handel's most memorable, if not overplayed, works. The soprano section was also a weak and flat in comparison to the orchestra. Otherwise, the orchestra itself played really well.
  • jo on January 9, 2005 at 12:07 PM
    yeah Diana! good article
  • Diego Ardila on January 10, 2005 at 4:44 PM
    HAHAHAHAHAHA:"Nathan Blustein's solo erupted through the microphone. The audience could not hold back laughs at the comical sight and sound." When he reads this he will be sooooo angry
  • Musician on January 12, 2005 at 8:22 AM
    Way to totally skip mentioning full orchestra. I know it was the choral concert, but since we did play, it's rather rude not to mention us at all. Such as for the song we played independently, or even when we played with chorus. Also, as usual this is the same person who used random music terms for the winter band concert and is using them again. THe review seems rushed, not really flowing from one topic to the next. Oh, and yeah, kind of harsh to talk about people laughing at ITN, I figure the author meant Samir but it's not clear and the soloist could take it personally.
  • Samir Paul on January 15, 2005 at 11:26 PM
    I hope that Diana means the audience could not hold back its laughs at my beatboxing and not at Nate's solo.

    -Samir Paul
  • huh? on January 16, 2005 at 1:02 PM
    what is the author talking about at the end of the paragraph about intonenation?
    "They finished with junior Samir Paul proving that he could sound like an authentic DJ, while director junior Nathan Blustein's solo erupted through the microphone. The audience could not hold back laughs at the comical sight and sound."
    please clarify what the audience was laughing at--Samir Paul's nifty drum beats, or the soloist? I doubt it was the latter...but that's what this sentence makes it seem like.
  • Chior member on January 16, 2005 at 11:19 PM
    I'm really glad that everyone (or at least Diana Frey) enjoyed the concert. Though I feel we all could have sounded better, it's nice to hear some positive feedback. Keep listening to the music, and we'll keep it comeing!
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