MILLBURN, NJ - The annual Millburn High School Pops Concert held in the school cafeteria on Wednesday, April 3, displayed its students’ musical talents through contemporary and modern pieces.
Featuring multiple musical ensembles such as Lab Band, Pop Strings, Stage Band, and Chorale, the evening was quite special, as the usually classical groups performed pieces such as “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees, “Blackbird” by the Beatles, and the theme from the popular video game, “Halo Suite.” Audience members were able to comfortably watch this event while being treated to free food provided by the ensembles.
“I think what makes the pops concert so special is that it involves the entire department: vocals, strings, band instruments, the jazz program- I think it makes a special evening of a more informal setting with some food and refreshments and some light fare, and that makes it very nice for the community,” said Mindy Scheierman, the director of Stage Band.
Rodrigo Vega, the director of Chorale, vocalized his thoughts about what made the Pops concert special. “It’s a different aspect of music making. We have formal concerts during the spring and winter, and we do more serious, classical, and difficult levels of music. It’s a different atmosphere. What makes this different, and I wouldn’t say more special or less special, is that it’s a different genre, and different style of music.”
“The Pops Concert is one of my favorite events of the year! I was very excited for it, and I’m sad that it’s my last one,” stated Rebecca Van Voorhees, senior and featured soloist in Chorale, singing Adele’s “Turning Tables.”
Other numbers from this night included “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’s Got That Swing),” by Duke Ellington, “Paradise,” by Coldplay, “Open Arms,” by Journey, and “Lose Control,” by Timbaland ft. Jojo.
“I’m very proud of the students and the hard work they put into it, and they should be proud of their accomplishment,” said Vega, towards the end of the night. Now that the Pops concert is done, all the ensembles will continue to work towards their performance in the spring concerts at Millburn High School on May 22 and June 6.