To celebrate the holiday season, GGHS’s Choir, Vocal Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra brought Christmas spirit and cheer to the school at their annual Winter Choir Concert. On December 24th, friends and families filled the seats in the Don Wash Auditorium and anticipated the spectacular performances that would take place on the stage.
The concert commenced with Ashley Carlos (11) ‘s performance of “Silver Bells” — a sweet opening song that would set the stage and tone for the upcoming performances.The curtains rose up to reveal the treble choir, who immediately launched into their renditions of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Let It Go,” and “Holly Jolly Santa Claus.” Kathleen Olimpo (10) then performed a solo of “Winter Things”, receiving much applause and excitement form the audience. “I was very nervous because there was a lot of people and it was my first solo ever,” she remembers. Cindy Le (12) and Andre Valdez (12) followed up with their moving duet of “My Song for You”; they brought a wave of warmth, happiness, and love to the audience with their chemistry.
The curtains rose up once again with the treble choir joyfully singing “White Christmas” and “Children Go Where I Send Thee.” Samantha Cienfuegos (11) and Jasmine Herrera Zuniga (10) added an extra holiday flare with their solos and vocals. The ArgoNotes quartet — Josh Alvarez (12), Ari Lam (12), Matthew Hasty (11), and John Nguyen(11) — took the stage and delivered an amazing rendition of “The Chipmunks’ Christmas Songs” which brought smiles and laughter to the audience.
Vocal Ensemble took over the stage and poured their hearts and souls into executing “Do You Hear What I Hear” and Pentatonix’s “Little Drummer Boy.” After their performances, Josh Alvarez (12) performed and danced to “Jingle Bell Rock.”
Treble choir returned to the stage and sang “Carol of the Bells” and “Christmas Joy,” which was soloed by Aiga Fuimaono (11). The audience screamed, hooted, and clapped ecstatically when Mya Shimizu (12) and Keri Tate (12) followed up with their rendition of “What are You Doing New Year’s Eve.” “Them performing was the highlight of the concert. It was very romantic,” Nghiem Pham (11) remarks.
Vocal ensemble then performed “Mary Did You Know” and “A Pentatonix Christmas Medley”, the latter soloed by Anthony Sebbo (11). After completing their performances, they stood behind their choir teacher, Mrs. Kari Galeener, in silence and respect as she gracefully sang “O Holy Night.”
Chamber Orchestra threw the audience by surprise when they unexpectedly ascended the stage. “Rising from the bottom to the top of stage was very exciting… the two most enjoyable moments were hearing the melodies and harmonies sync well together and seeing the audience walk out with cheers and smiles on their face,” says Sandra Ninh (11).
The music programs concluded the concert with their powerful performances of “Dies rae” and “Hallelujah,” and ultimately transformed what was a regular day into a night of celebration and happiness. “We prepared every day in class rehearsing our songs over and over again. We also had multiple rehearsals after school with the orchestra to perfect our collaborative numbers,” Keri Tate (12), a member of the Vocal Ensemble, says. John Nguyen (11), who both sang and played the viola at the concert, adds that through the performers’ hard work, “the end results exceeded [his] expectations.” A round of applause for our fellow musicians for working their hardest during these past few months and blowing us away with their talents!