Choir groups end year with ‘O Frabjous Day!’

By Robert Varga

The Kellogg Chamber Singers and the University Concert Choir performed in front of a packed house on Thursday at their show titled “O Frabjous Day!”

The show took place in the Music Recital Hall at Cal Poly Pomona and consisted of several sequences with the theme being different times of the day.

The Kellogg Chamber Singers are made up of 25 singers and three percussionists, directed by Iris Levine. The University Concert Choir had 70 members performing and was directed by Nike St. Clair. Both groups were accompanied by Janet Noll on piano.

The Kellogg Chamber Singers started off the concert by singing “Music’s Echo” by Greg Gilpin.

In addition to having songs that were themed night and day, lighting was also used for a dramatic effect, leaving the audience in the dark for a few moments.

“[The ‘Dream Sequence’] comes from the ‘Jabberwocky’ text,” said Levine. “You might see the lights go out and we’ll appear in a dream sequence.”

The “Jabberwocky” song added a bit of comedy to the performance, especially when Levine read the scene from “Alice in Wonderland” where Humpty Dumpty is trying to explain to Alice the meaning of the poem.

The University Concert Choir continued the theme of day and night when they went on after the intermission. They started off with “Morning Has Broken” by Shawn Kirchner with a solo by Angelina Hu, a soprano in the choir.

The final three songs performed by the choir were more modern, starting with a laid-back Jamaican song called “Evenin’ Time” by Paul Tucker.

The next song was a rendition of “River of Dreams” by Billy Joel arranged by Kevin St. Clair, who was in attendance that evening. The final song of the concert was “Tonight” from the musical “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein.

After the show, members from the two groups showed their appreciation for their directors by saying a few words and presenting them with flowers.

“At the end of every show, we like to give our directors a show of appreciation,” said Sarah Freed, an alto in both the Kellogg Chamber Singers and the University Concert Choir. “This has been my favorite concert.”

This was both of the groups’ last performance of the quarter, as they do not meet during the summer. They both typically have one performance every quarter.

“We always perform on the same night, sharing a concert at the end of the quarter,” said Nike St. Clair. “Occasionally, once every year or every other year, the two ensembles perform large-scale compositions together. These are pieces which benefit from being sung by a lot of singers such as the Mozart ‘Requiem’ and other pieces.”

Nike St. Clair said the Kellogg Chamber Singers are chosen for the entire school year and the University Concert Choir has been together since the beginning of the spring quarter. She said there are students who have been in the choir for more than the one quarter, however.

The University Concert Choir holds its auditions the week before school starts each quarter. Nike St. Clair said any students who sang in high school choirs are especially welcome to come and try out.

Every February, the University Concert Choir goes to a collegiate choral festival. Nike St. Clair said the choir practices twice a week for two and a half hours in order to prepare for the quarterly performance.

Kellogg Chamber Singers

Ivan Aguilar / The Poly Post

Kellogg Chamber Singers

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