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Spring Concert Entertains with New Songs and New Takes on Classic Material

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Brianna Rodriguez '20

3 April 2020

On Thursday, March 12, students from the Music Department gathered on to the Schneider Auditorium stage for yet another annual Spring Concert.Director of Choir Ms. Pia Vanderstreet and Director of Band Mr. Michael DeLuccia compiled a set list that included new songs and innovative renditions of classic and pop material.Concert Choir directed by Ms. Vanderstreet

The first to set the stage was The Hornet Harmonics a capella group. “All These Things That I’ve Done” by the Killers was performed by two soloists, senior Brianna Rodriguez and freshmen Emma Giron. Rodriguez was able to experience her first solo performance with PV’s music department and she’s grateful for this memorable senior year experience. Giron was also given the chance to experience her first solo experience with The Hornet Harmonics and hopefully will receive many more as she continues her musical journey. The Hornet Harmonics also performed a powerful rendition of “Run to You” by Pentatonix. 

The Concert Choir was next on stage and performed a fun rendition of the classic song “All Star” by Smash Mouth, as well as “I Sing Because I’m Happy”, “Siyahamba”, and “Address to the Moon”. Ms. Vanderstreet, who instructs both Hornet Harmonics and Concert Choir, chose the set list this year based on songs she felt the students would enjoy most.Jazz Band preparing for performance

Following a brief intermission, Concert Band and Jazz Band impressed the returning crowd. The Jazz Band put on a strong  performance of “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire and “Birdland” by Josef Zawinul. Next up, the Concert Band performed “Hypnotic Fireflies” by Brian Balmages, “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein, “Cataclysm” by Robert Sheldon, and “Nevermore” by Brian Balmages. 

For the Concert Band pieces I chose West Side Story, because it is incredible music that everyone should be exposed to, especially band students who should have the opportunity to play music of that caliber,” Mr. Deluccia explained. He was also inspired by the upcoming movie remake of West Side Story, directed by the iconic Steven Spielberg. “‘Nevermore’ is based off of the poem by Edgar Allen Poe and gave the feeling of falling into madness like the character in the poem.”

The Music Department never fails to put on a great performance for each annual concert. “I believe that the concert was a success. It was really nice to just have a night of music and not worry about anything else,” Mr. Deluccia concluded.