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A really big show: Blackduck students present spring music concert

The Blackduck High School choir performs at its May 22 concert. Jennifer Parker / For The American1 / 4
The Blackduck Elementary fifth and sixth grade choir and Junior High choir. Jennifer Parker / For The American2 / 4
Preston Zanter sing “In Summer” from the movie “Frozen” during the May 22 concert at Blackduck High School. Jennifer Parker / For The American3 / 4
Blackduck’s Junior and Senior High choirs perform during the May 22 concert. Jennifer Parker / For The American4 / 4

It was a night of big show tunes at the spring choir concert featuring the senior high choir, junior high choir, and fifth and sixth grade choirs under the direction of Becky Haugen on Wednesday evening, May 22.

The 9-12 choir started the program with their two contest pieces, “A Mozart Canon,” by Mozart, arranged by Donald Moore and “Wild Mountain Thyme,” by McPeake, arranged by Lantz and Brownsey.

From there on it was nothing but show tunes in a wonderfully eclectic mix of the touching and the fun, drama, comedy and dance from popular plays and film. The fifth and sixth grade choir performed “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana,” arranged by Ed Lojeski and “A Disney Silly Sing-Along,” arranged by Alan Billingsley. The seventh and eighth grade choir performed “Colors of the Wind” from “Pochahontas,” arranged by Mac Huff and “God Help the Outcasts” from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” arranged by Audrey Snyder. In the latter, solos and small group performances featured Christian Haugen, Preston Zanter, Anna Hanson, Ellee Meixner, Jaylynn Iceman, Sage Kaiser, Faith Miller, Kylie Hanson and Sandra Krumrey.

The senior high choir members joined the junior high for a rendition of “In Summer” from the movie “Frozen,” arranged by Mark Brymer and featuring Preston Zanter in the speaking role of Olaf the Snowman. The mixed group also sang a challenging medley from “Mamma Mia,” arranged by Mac Huff and featuring performances from Dennis Merritt, Christian Haugen, Preston Zanter and Caroline Cheney.

After the junior high choir returned to their seats, Haugen announced the 2019 Outstanding Senior Choir Member: Caroline Cheney, and the senior high choir performed “Song of the Apple Tree” by Stuart Chapman Hill featuring ensemble singers: Serenity Marthaller, Josie Pender and Hannah Nelson; Haley Patel, Sammy Tischbirek and Olivea Frenzel; Zoey Mills, Samantha Christensen and Grace Zaleski; Caroline Cheney, Kaydre Gullette and Emily Okland.

The rousing finale of the night drew thunderous applause when the three choirs joined together for “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music,” arranged by Linda Spevacek and “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman,” arranged by Emerson.

It was easily one of the best and most entertaining choir concerts in recent history, the audience appreciation of each piece was clear, and the blended voices and harmonies of the three choirs really stole the show of show tunes.

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