Submitted by Patrons of Music Students
The first concert of 2019 is coming up quickly at the Bedford Public Schools! The BPS Performing Arts Departments will be presenting a “Vocal Vertical Concert” showcasing the combined talents of student musicians from Lane School, John Glenn Middle School, and Bedford High School. The concert will take place at 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 13, in the BHS auditorium.
The Lane School Chorus, directed by music teacher Natan Wythe, will kick off the concert with a selection of favorite warm-up exercises and songs. After warming up the chorus and audience, the fifth graders will present “Galop” from American composer Ken Berg’s Solfege Suite.
The JGMS 6th Grade Chorus will then take the stage, led by BHS Choral and Theater Director Katrina Faulstich. The chorus will perform “Canto di Pilón” by Christian Grases and “Zephyr” by Amy Bernon. JGMS choir director Amy Budka will then lead the JGMS 7th and 8th-grade Chorus in “A Million Dreams,” from the 2017 musical film The Greatest Showman. Pianist Arlene Kunardi will accompany the chorus in this popular and uplifting performance.
Ms. Faulstich then returns to the stage to direct the three BHS choirs in a multicultural medley of songs with a theme of making the world a better place. The Concert Choir will lead off with “Forrest Gump Medley,” followed by the Treble Choir’s performance of “Changes” by Audrey Snyder and “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins.
All three high school a cappella groups will also perform. The Rolling Tones, a coed group directed by Ms. Faulstich will sing a “fun. Medley” (music by American indie pop group fun.). The all-girl Bellachords, a student-directed treble group, and the Bucappellas, a student group for lower voices led by BHS seniors, will complete an a cappella trifecta.
The Honors Choir concludes the BHS choral program with “Earth Song” by Frank Ticheli, and “Horizons” by Peter Louis van Dijk. In a rousing grand finale, singers from all groups will join together for “Thank You for the Music” by 1970s Swedish supergroup ABBA.
The music students and faculty, as well as the volunteers and supporters of POMS, Bedford’s music booster organization, welcome all interested community members, family, and friends to attend the upcoming concerts. Like all performers, these students would love to have a full and attentive audience. Make sure to check out the POMS concert etiquette video at https://youtu.be/MjzVkGiXcgU for some lighthearted tips on how to make sure all concertgoers get the most out of upcoming performances!
If you’d like more information about the music program within the public school system, please visit the Performing Arts Department webpage, https://www.bedfordps.org/high-school/performing-arts, or the Bedford POMS website, https://www.bedfordpoms.org/.