MILLBURN, NJ - Marking the last music performance of the year for Millburn High School, the students in the Spring Chorus and Orchestra Concert performed on Thursday, June 6, in the high school’s auditorium. Chorus ensembles included Cantica Nova, the school’s freshman choir, Millburn Chorale, Millburn’s audition-only performance group, and the Miller Chorus, the culmination of all chorus members from 10th-12th grades. Chamber Strings, the orchestra’s select group of string students, and the Symphony Orchestra were the two orchestra ensembles that performed.
With a total of 136 chorus students and 106 orchestra students performing, the Spring Concert was a momentous occasion. Mr. Rodrigo Vega served as the director of the choral music ensembles, while Mrs. Karen Conrad acted as the orchestra director.
This night also served as a farewell concert to the seniors graduating, featuring several seniors as soloists in the pieces performed. Max Sauberman, a senior, stated, “'I’ve been proud to consider the music department my "home base" throughout all four years, providing me with a comfortable place to learn and grow, a constant sense of support, and consistent academic and cocurricular excellence.”
Cantica Nova performed The Crawdad Song by Aden Lewis, It Sings in Me by Philip E. Silvey, Se lontan, ben mio, tu sei by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin’ by Greg Gilpin, Dreams of Thee by Eric William Barnum, and Lean On Me by Bill Withers. Featured performers for Cantica Nova included Arielle Kasnetz, Elizabeth Gray, and Samuel Dantowitz, with Alexander Ren playing a featured violin part.
Following this performance, Millburn Chorale sang This Little Light of Mine by Moses Hogan, La Rose Complete by Morten Lauridsen, Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, Embraceable You by George Gershwin, and Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Miranda Kasher, Christopher McHugh, Ruth Engle, and Victoria Nachevnik were featured as soloists for Chorale, as well as Jeremy Au, Grant Gardner, Christopher Li, and Michelle Lou as a string quartet for Laudate Dominum. Chamber Strings concluded the first act of the concert with Hoe Down by Aaron Copland and Ciaconna by Tomaso Vitali, featuring Hannah Park as a violin soloist.
After a short intermission, the Symphony Orchestra performed The Hebrides Overture “Fingal’s Cave” Op. 26 by Felix Mendelssohn and Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 by Edward Elgar, featuring soloist Sunny Sung-Eun Chang. The Miller Chorus then performed My Soul is Awakened by Brad Burrill, Good Night, Dear Heart by Dan Forrest, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, All For Me Grog by Stephen Hatfield, and Sing Unto God by George Frideric Handel. Finally, the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus came together to sing The Dance by Edward Elgar.
Miranda Kasher, a sophomore, said afterwards that, “every ensemble gave a very intense and emotional performance at the concert and that reminds me of how proud I am of Millburn's music program.”