By Robin Perlstein and Lina Lim
On Friday, October 17th, the Choral Department held its annual Pops Scholarship Concert fundraiser to raise money so choir students can go on the biannual trip to Spain later this year .
Senior Adam Oler, one of the performers, said, “I thought the Pops Concert went [amazingly]. There [were] so many good acts and it helped fundraise a lot of money for our Spain tour.”
The concert consisted primarily of solos and duets from students in Chamber, Concert Choir, and Women’s and Men’s Ensemble, and each performance was accompanied by music. However, the music was not played by a soundtrack, but rather by student accompanists playing piano, guitar, and even the drums.
Junior Abby Rosen, also a performer, mentioned, “It's always a little tricky because the pops concert is all solos, and there really isn't any class time we can use to practice. Duets and group numbers are especially difficult because you have to find time outside of class that works for everyone to rehearse. But I'm so glad I got to do a duet with Gabby Giancola. She's always on top of things and very flexible. She's awesome.”
On top of praising her duet partner Gabby Giancola and explaining their good teamwork, Abby stated, “Being able to go out there knowing that your partner has your back is such a great feeling!”
Although the performance was a student production, it looked very professional. The audience was shocked by how good these students were, and enjoyed it overall. Throughout the concert you could see both adults and students dancing and moving their heads to the beat of the songs while smiling from ear to ear.
Audience member Junior Soo Hyun Han commented, “I think that this Pops Concert, like any other Pops Concert I've experienced, was really a great one. I get to hear all these talented kids within the LCHS choral program, and it’s really meaningful because I can truly appreciate the program that I'm in.”
She also explained how she is currently in Chamber Singers, and although the thought of singing in the Pops Concert scared her, the energy and motivation she got from this Pops performance inspired her to strive to sing a solo in the future.
The Pops Concert was truly amazing, and was a night full of talented people sharing their love for music with the audience.
Oler lastly stated, “I am kind of sad it's already over because it was nice to hear certain people’s voices that you wouldn't normally hear in a choir setting and it also helped bring people closer. I can't wait for the rest of the year and for the Pops Concert at the end of the year.”
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