Spring choral concert raises the roof at West Orange High School

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — An enthusiastic crowd was brought to its feet several times during the West Orange High School spring choral concert on May 9. Vocalists in grades nine through 12 joined together to perform a wide range of songs that entertained and amazed.

A highlight of the evening was a performance of the song “If You Believe in Music,” which featured the Concert Choir and Select Choirs of Edison, Liberty and Roosevelt middle schools under the direction of John Hellyer.

The evening opened with the girls’ Treble Choir, and the boys’ Tenor and Bass Choir. Hellyer and William Farley led the various groups through their music. The Concert and Chamber choirs followed; A recurring theme was the music of Queen, with renditions of “Somebody to Love” and a “We Will Rock You” medley performed by the Glee Choir.

The Chamber Choir wowed with melodic and powerful classical music selections like “Salma 150” and Schubert’s “Mass in G.” Graduating seniors sang “Seven Years Old” and “I Was Here,” adding a sentimental mood to the evening.

The Jubilee Choir’s rendition of “He Turned It,” raised the roof and brought the audience to its feet. The evening ended with the traditional “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” sung by all choir members and alumni in attendance.

“We seem to have covered every possible genre of music tonight,” Hellyer said.

Photos Courtesy of WOSD

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