On Monday, October 26, the LCHS Choral Music Department hosted their annual Pops Concert, where they showcased a variety of talented singers. The proceeds from the concert go to raise scholarships for the choir’s tours.
The concert opened with junior Sean Segal and a band composed of seniors Sean Eckerle on the bass guitar and Spencer Wells on drums. They performed Taylor Swift’s hit single, “Style”, taking a rock approach to the pop song. There was a wide array of phenomenal solo performances as well, as the audience enjoyed listening to freshman singers Nicole Reynolds, Meghan Andrews, sophomore Ashley Likins, juniors Stephanie Musso, Ella Quinn, Delaney Dilbeck, Arsen Tujian, and seniors Sara Kahn, Cameron Krischel, Soohyun Han, Sheng Ge, and Katie Cunningham They sang many crowd favorites such as “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat, “Listen” by Beyonce, and “Distance” by Christina Perri.
There were also a number of duets throughout the program. The first duet was junior Carlin Hardy and sophomore Anna Terry, who sang Beyonce’s hit song “Halo.” They put their own twist on the song, introducing an innovative interpretation on the classic. Vance Joy’s single “Riptide” was also featured by senior Margaret Baxter and junior Dana Welk. Baxter strummed her ukulele along with the fun and upbeat rhythm. Seniors Gabby Giancola and Kobe Ing coupled up to sing “We Could Happen” by AJ Rafael, and Giancola also performed a duet with senior Abby De Rosa as they sang “Emmylou” by First Aid Kit. Sisters Faith, a sophomore, and Katie Cunningham teamed up and gave a stellar performance of “Modern World” by Jess Morgan. The last duet and second-to-last performance of the night was by senior Charlotte Spry and junior Lauren Trujillo. They took on Phillip Phillips’ song “Gone Gone Gone,” accompanied by senior Josh Frederich on the drums and Kobe Ing on the guitar.
Towards the second half of the night, the crowd enjoyed three group performances. The first of these groups consisted of sophomores Ashley Likins, Anthony Crehan, and John Park, as well as senior Amanda Cao, as they sang the current hit song “Cheerleader” by Omi, taking inspiration from Pentatonix’s version. The next performance was by Sleeping Patterns, a group composed of sophomores Joon Ahn, Alex Barson, Haig Manoukian, and Finn Sagal, singing “Breezeblocks” by Alt-J. The last group performance was by freshmen Rose Cano-Ruiz, Ellie Chapman, Veronica Muller, Shalini Pullarkat, Shannon Ring, and Mallory Wilkinson. These girls call themselves B-Natural, and sang Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor.” Rose portrayed her beat-boxing ability as the five other girls harmonized in an acapella performance.
The Pops Concert also showcased four singer-songwriters, all of whom performed as solo acts. Senior Chris Henry was the first among these acts, playing the guitar and singing his song “Sorry.” Sara Kahn had the opportunity to showcase her original song “Healing”, and Ella Quinn displayed her shining vocals in her song “Even Know.” Katie Cunningham made her second appearance on stage with her song “Pay Me Back.” All 24 performances were chock-full of students’ unique individuality and style. In only 80 minutes of stage time, the choral music department was able to showcase some of the hidden talent we have here at La Cañada High School.
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