Lafayette Choir Advanced Winter Concert


Zaida Bell-Frantz

The Lafayette Chorale rehearsing before the concert

Zaida Bell-Frantz, Clubs Editor

On Monday, December 10th, the Lafayette choirs held their Advanced Winter Concert at Calvary Baptist church. The Lafayette Singers, Chorale, Madrigals, and Notorious Lafayette’s a capella group all performed. The concert started out with combined choirs singing Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain by Carolyn Jennings.

The first choir to sing was Singers. Singers started their portion of the concert with Domaredansen!, a Swedish folksong arranged by Drew Collins, Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre, S’Vivon, a traditional Hebrew song arranged by Betty Bertaux, Carol of the Bells by Leontovich arranged by Peter Wilhousky, and Riu Riu Chiu featuring Emma Nevels and Avery Hagy as soloists and Emery Grimm on percussion arranged by Linda Spevacek.

Lafayette’s a cappella group, followed Singers and sang Riptide by Vance Joy, arranged by Nick Johnson with Emma Nevels and Makayla Brown as soloists, and finished out their concert with White Winter Hymnal by Robin Pecknold arranged by Alan Billingsky.

Madrigals sang next, their first song was Cantate Domino by Josu Elberdin, Prayer by Rene Clausen, In Dulci Jubilo  a traditional German carol arranged by Matthew Culloton, and The Twelve Days of Christmas a traditional carol arranged by Tom Mitchell.

After a brief intermission, Lafayette Chorale sang Weeping Mary by John G. McCurry arranged by Brad Holmes, Kyrie from Missa Brevis in F, Op 117 by Josef Rheinberger, Veni Veni Emmanuel  by Micheal John Trotta with Noel Bowyer, Maddie Carbary, Isabelle Fleming, Abby Mires, Alex Thibault, and Lucia Troiano in an ensemble, Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre with Alex Thibault as a soloist, Lullaby for Christmas arranged by  K. Lee Scott, and Deck the Halls in 7/8, arranged by James McKevly.

All choirs combined to sing Betelehemu arranged by Daniel Jackson with Williams Atkinson as a soloist and  Justin Bentley, Alexandra Brown, Harrison Hancock, Micheal Merritt, Emma Owens, and Taylor Pollitt in an ensemble. The song also featured Karson Caswell, Ashley Horne, Colin Neal, and Noel Bowyer on percussion. Let it Snow by Cahn and Styne arranged by Kirby Shaw, Jingle Bells, and Hallelujah from Messiah by George Frideric Handel with Will Lovan on trumpet and Dr. Kevin Raybuck on organAny Lafayette choir alumni in the audience were invited to sing with the choir for this song.

The night was filled with music and laughter from choir members and the audience alike. Emma Nevels, a choir member, says, “Choir concerts always bring me joy and the concert was like a breath of fresh air”. Everyone can agree that the holiday spirit was definitely there, from the holiday songs to the Christmas themed suits.