Last concert showcases semester’s work
Posted May 11, 2007

The University of La Verne chorale and chamber singers performed their annual spring concert in the Claremont Presbyterian Church.

Around 35 community members attended the concert, which was held on Sunday afternoon.

“We have been preparing for this all our lives,” said Stephen Gothold, professor of music and University chorale and chamber singers conductor.
“In a way we have, but we have actually been preparing since the second semester started in February.”

The chorale’s preparation showed throughout the performance.

Their voices were in unison as the piano and Gothold guided them.

The last song before the intermission was taken from the book of Psalms.

The song, “Lobet den Herren,” combined all four types of voices in the choir, sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.

As the intermission was announced, the chorale members stepped down from the altar two by two.

During this time, the audience members were provided with an opportunity to talk to the choir group.

They were also given the opportunity to donate money for the chorale’s upcoming recruitment trip.

“We’re going to go to Hawaii to perform, have fun and mainly for recruitment,” said Jaime Pulido, vice president of the chamber choir.

“The last time we traveled was in Spring 2004,” said Eva Hinojoza, president of the chamber choir. “We went to Oregon and Idaho.”

Once the intermission was over, the choir members and audience went back inside and took their spots.

The opening songs, “The Conspiracy,” with lyrics by William Shakespeare, and “Drinking Song” by John Still, began with the sopranos followed by a piano solo and the entrance of the tenors.

The song sounded like something that would appear in the Queen’s garden scene from “Alice in Wonderland” where the playing-card men are
scorning Alice.

The song that followed, “Falstaff and the Fairies,” also by Shakespeare, opened with the women singers.

It was soon backed by the men singers.

Towards the middle of the song both male and female voices combined.

The sound was melodious. Each of the singers, whether soprano, alto, tenor, or bass, complimented each other.

Just as the song was about to end, Sierra Lingan, a soprano singer, stepped from the line and performed a short solo.

Although Lingan’s solo was short, her voice was pleasing to the ear.
It sounded as if she were singing in a mini opera performance.

As soon as Lingan stepped back with her chorale members, everyone began singing again.

“Wedding Chorus,” the song that followed, was a bit calmer than “Falstaff and the Faries.”

It was calmer in the sense that the music was softer.

So soft that the few children that attended the performance fell asleep.
While “Wedding Chorus” was a smooth song, “Epilogue,” the following song, seemed more violent.

The song began with a piano solo followed by the male singers.

The piano notes almost did not seem musical; the sound seemed more like noise than music.

The non-musical piano noise was very similar to the beat of the Beatles’ song, “A Day in Life.”

Both contain notes that build suspense, as if something horrific is about to happen.

Throughout the song there was an exchange of singing; the women sang one line and the men quickly corresponded.

It almost sounded as if they were arguing—in a modern singing fashion.
One of the last songs that was performed was “Over the Rainbow.”

The audience quickly recognized the last song as it was a featured song in “The Wizard of Oz.”

“I liked the last song because it is from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ said Stacey Roldan, an attendee. “I really like that movie.”

As the performance ended and the crowd cheered, Gothold paid special recognition to the seniors who performed that evening.

“I am sad that I am leaving,” Hinojoza said.“It has been a great
experience meeting a great group of people.”

Although this event marked the choir’s final public performance of the year, those who are interested in becoming a member of the chorale still have an opportunity.

“Anyone who wants to be in choir can talk to me directly and pass an easy audition,” Gothold said.

For more information visit www.ulv.edu/music/.

Priscilla Segura can be reached at psegura@ulv.edu.

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