The Millburn Middle School Spring Choral Concert will be presented on Thursday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the newly renovated and air conditioned Millburn Middle School Auditorium. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.
The program will open with the Sixth-Grade Chorus singing Bonse Aba, an arrangement of a traditional Zambian folk song, sung in a language of the Bantu tribe. Next will come Be Like the Bird, a song based on a poem by Victor Hugo, then the whimsical selection Tiger! Tiger! The sixth graders will close with Oye!, an inspirational selection in both Spanish and English.
The Seventh-Grade Chorus will begin their portion of the program with an America folk standard, Erie Canal. Next, soloists Neha Bardwaj, Vivian Murphy, and Megan Pan will be featured in Colors of the Wind, from Disney’s animated feature “Pocahontas.” An a cappella madrigal from the Renaissance period entitled Sing We and Chant It will follow.
The Eighth-Grade Chorus will sing Hallelujah Amen, from G.F. Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabaeus.” A song from a musical project “Sounds of a Better World” entitled Give Us Hope will come next, with featured singers Schuyler Bunn, Muskaan Garg, Ila Kaul, Emily Mattlin, Jonina Mignon, Nikita Verma, and Mary Yousef. The eighth graders will then sing Under the Sea, from Disney’s animated feature and Broadway musical “The Little Mermaid,” featuring a trio with Jeryl Witherspoon, Luke Wroblewski, and Audrey Yan.
The Seventh and Eighth Grade Girls Chorus will be next on the program, followed by the Seventh and Eighth Grade Boys. The girls will sing a haunting selection entitled Adiemus, from “Songs of Sanctuary,” a collection by Karl Jenkins. Featured soloists will be Rachel Brown, Eloise Burn, Caitlin Caulfield, Leah Green, Kate Parker-Lentz, Victoria Sonza, Maanya Tandon, & Triss Yap. The boys will open their program singing Seize the Day,with Zachary Chineme, Henry Dench, Oliver Pickering, Jonathan Silverman, and Nicholas Ryan being featured in this song from the hit Broadway musical “Newsies.” They will follow with I’se the B’y, or “I’m the Boy,” a rousing arrangement of a folk song from Newfoundland.
The MMS Select Chorus will close the evening with Anthem, from the Broadway musical “Chess.” The choral arrangement of the soaring ballad was written by the composers of the musical “Mama Mia,” Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus from the classic pop group “ABBA,” with text by Tim Rice.
Student accompanists are eighth graders Kevin Lin, Adam Liu and Miranda Nimmer, seventh graders Corinne Au, Christine Cai, and Yicong Wu, and sixth graders Eric Wang and James Samson. Also featured will be sixth grade percussionists Zachary Graves, Tejas Gupta, Josh Park, Hayden Shaw, Ethan Steinberg, and Adam Wacks. Seventh and eighth grade instrumentalists will be Jenna Israel, flute, Victoria Mak & Henry Chen, violin, Chrisine Cai, viola, Melissa Du, cello, Noah Pascual, bass, and David O’Sullivan and Jackson Sanders, percussion.
Mark Hyczko will provide additional piano accompaniment for the choruses. The Sixth-Grade Chorus is under the direction of Elizabeth M. Bewie. David Huneryager conducts the Seventh-Grade, Eighth-Grade and Select choruses.