spring concerts: the lion bless your bohemian blackbird death

This is long overdue, but here are a few fruits of our labor this semester, from serious to ridiculous. This semester Abe started a 16 voice audition-only chamber group.  They were fun to work with because you basically just had to give them starting pitches and a downbeat.

Chamber Choir – Were You There? (traditional, Arr. Chillcott)

Chamber Choir – Blackbird (Lennon/McCartney)

The Advanced Choir is open to anyone in grades 9-12.  Here they are singing something tricky (by Handel) and something easy (with the Intermediate (grade 7 & 8) choir).  Lion Sleeps Tonight represents a classic intellectual property conundrum: who owns a piece of music that has been re-imagined so thoroughly, so many times, for so much profit?  This is my arrangement, amalgamates the original, the Tokens version, and the Nylons version that I grew up with.

Advanced Choir – Since by Man Came Death (Handel)

Advanced & Intermediate Choirs – Lion Sleeps Tonight (Linda, arr. Okie)

The staff choir spent the bulk of the semester learning a little ditty (behemoth masterwork) called Bohemian Rhapsody, which was unveiled in a surprise performance at the senior awards ceremony.  They also worked in Rutter’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You at the Baccalaureate service (audio only).


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