Scecina's advanced choir performs for the Scecina Pops concert on May 17 in the Scecina gymnasisum.
By Cari Gallagher
On Sunday, May 17, the Crusader Community came together to enjoy the Scecina Spring Concert, a musical showcase featuring 138 student performers. The theme of the concert was “Scecina Pops,” and featured many well-known songs from today, along with toe-tapping classics that appealed to audience members of all ages.
The instrumental orchestra kicked off the afternoon show with beautiful melodies and lyrical rhythms. Their five-song set included the theme from the wildly popular TV series “Downton Abbey” and a tribute to Michael Jackson with a musical montage titled “The King of Pop”, which featured a violin solo by sophomore standout Lauren Gray. The group also performed a piece called “Fleckish” by Indy’s own Cathy Morris, an accomplished jazz musician and composer who has performed locally and throughout the country for the last two decades.
Following the orchestral performance, the Scecina beginning choir took to the risers to entertain the crowd. Their song selection included soulful ballads such as Adele’s “Someone Like You” and upbeat, fun numbers such as “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and the Beatles’ hit “Can’t Buy Me Love,” which featured a guitar solo by freshman Holden Martin.
Next the advanced choir took their turn at center stage. They began their set with the always crowd-pleasing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” which showcased choir members from the class of 2015. They followed this energetic opening with a captivating rendition of “The Prayer,” written by Carol Bayer Sager and David Foster. A highlight of the advanced choir’s performance was the song “Wagon Wheel,” which featured the talents of freshman Christian Navarra (vocal solo), sophomore Lauren Gray (fiddle), senior Turbo Liang (guitar), and senior Elizabeth Gallagher (vocal solo).
Closing the show was the Scecina Concert Band, 52 members strong. They began with the instantly recognizable “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Freddie Mercury and Queen, and followed that with the joyous “Danse Carnival” by Randall Standridge. The band continued with the music of Mr. Standridge by performing “When the Spring Rain Begins to fall,” featuring senior Alex Verbarg on the trumpet. The concert band closed the show with the theme song from the hit movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
The “Scecina Pops” spring music concert was a tremendous achievement for Scecina Memorial High School. The program featured one-third of our student body, and highlighted the remarkable talents of our student performers. Under the knowledgeable instruction of our Music Department Chair, Mr. Donnie Glowinski, the band, orchestra, and choirs have realized great success in the 2014-15 school year. And if Sunday’s program is any indication, the tradition of musical education and accomplishment will carry on to future Crusaders for years to come.
Posted on Tue, May 19, 2015
by Beth Murphy