WARREN, NJ - From Chantez Alleluia! and What a Wonderful Word, through Hooked on a Feeling, Somebody to Love, and Shallow, to the annual tribute to seniors, Lord Bless You and Keep You, it was a night to remember at the annual Spring Arts Festival Choral Concert performance on Thursday in the Watchung Hills Performing Arts Center(PAC). 

For the first time, the Watchung Hills Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and featured alumni guests joined the entire chorus for an awe inspiring performance of Ludwig von Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.  The performance received a standing ovation from the packed PAC and featured WHRHS alumni soloists Amanda Pabyan, Allison Horvath, Larrej Drayton, and Carl Bird. Video here

 

The concert concluded with the annual singing of “Hallelujah,” from “The Messiah,” by Handel. Alumni, friends and family who are familiar with “The Hallelujah Chorus” are welcomed on stage to participate along with the combined choirs.

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Hallelujah video click here

 

Other highlighted performances:

 

Hooked on a Feeling with soloists Samuel Bouffard and Adam Asad video click here 

 

Somebody to Love with soloists Jack Melillo, Christine Tanko, Katie Strong, Scott Romankow, Arita Blow, Katerina Calvo, Joi Langston, and Summer Stuart Video click here 

 

Shallow with soloists Owen Furlong and Emma Giordano video click here

 

Backed by The Band: Will Broder, Ben Kosakowski, Tom Dardis, and Julian Lioanag

 

And senior solos

 

You Say - Sophia Perez

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Thank You - Angelina Carrano

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Thank You for the Music- Kyra Anthony

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Missing this year in person was Senior Choral Music Director Angela DiIorio Bird. 

 

The concert in its entirety including all 16:28 minutes of Ode to Joy, the Choral Awards, and a message from Angela DiIorio Bird can be viewed  here

 

 

 

 

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