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Chorus begins the year on a high note

Photos and Story by Lena Wilson

East’s choral department started off the year’s music performances with a concert on Oct. 13.  The concert featured choral music from all choir classes and a cappella groups at East.

Chorus teacher Desiree Davis conducts East Men at the fall choral concert on Oct. 13.

East Men, an audition-only men’s choir, entertained with “Whistle, Maggie, Whistle.”  In this playful tune, half the choir donned pieces of women’s clothing.  Each half bantered in song to the other half, ending in senior Jon Beyle carrying senior Dan Helfrich offstage bridal-style.

Treble Ensemble, the female counterpart to East Men, exhibited poetry prowess with “A Flea And A Fly In A Flue,” based on a tongue-twisting limerick.  Conductor and chorus teacher Desiree Davis also wrote a limerick of her own, which was read for the occasion.

Senior Casey Smith sings with the Alley Cats at the fall choral concert on Oct. 13.

The gender-segregated a cappella groups, Chiefs of Staff and Alley Cats, competed for best-dressed at the concert.  The Chiefs of Staff did not do much advising, but they sure sounded good on arrangements by seniors Jordan Lee and RJ Thornton.  Alley Cats, although much higher in pitch than the Chiefs, were far from yowling like tabbies.  Rather, the arrangements by junior Annie Lo and senior Eliana Fishbeyn were melodious indeed.

East Ensemble combined many members of East Men, Treble Ensemble and the a cappella groups for a well-rounded choir with a lovely sound.  The Concert Choir, although a less experienced group, put on a good show with multiple soloists and duets.  East Ensemble combined with the Concert Choir for the final song of the night, a familiar piece to East upperclassmen.  “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent,” although corny, was well-done and ended the evening on a warm, fuzzy note.

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