A two-part show on May 3, titled “In Concert,” brought together all of the upper school vocal groups to ring in the summer and bid farewell to the graduating seniors and honor them for their dedication to Harker’s performing arts programs.
The first portion of the show was dedicated primarily to songs hailing from Great Britain and the countries that were part of its once-massive empire. The upper school’s all-female chamber group Cantilena teamed up with Camerata, the mixed chamber choir, for Stephen Leek’s “Kungala (Australia),” the first song of the show. Other great selections included Camerata’s performance of “Shoot False Love” by Thomas Morley, the Monty Python classic “Brave Sir Robin” sung by the ever-popular boys a cappella group Guys’ Gig and a solo performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Silent Noon” by baritone Stephan Pellissier, grade 11. Cantilena closed the first portion of the show with their rendition of the Sting hit “Fields of Gold.”
Bel Canto kicked off the second part of the show with a pair of African folk songs and medley of songs from Leonard Bernstein’s beloved score from “West Side Story.”
Upper school show choir Downbeat concluded the concert, singing a variety of pop standards, including the poignant a cappella song by Billy Joel, “And So It Goes,” and Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” the group’s now-traditional closer. They also recreated their fashion show hit, “Wings,” to the clear delight of the audience.