North East Texas Choral Society
Delivers Outstanding Performances,
by: Bobby McDonald
With performances on Saturday night and a repeat matinee performance on Sunday afternoon, the North East Texas Choral Society "wowed" those present in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, with an awesome presentation of their Spring Concert, "Dream." Because of a number of things happening across Hopkins County and busy end of school schedules, the crowds were "light," but it was certainly your loss, if you missed one or both of the performances.
Society singers entered the stage as they sang "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and after "getting settled in," began with "Fly Me to the Moon." The next number in the first half of the program was "You Don't Own Me," but the crowd really got to rocking and into the spirit, as "Old Time Rock and Roll" was presented to their delight.
Vocalist, Lydia Walden, was featured on "Over the Rainbow," in the next number and before intermission the group presented the beautiful "You Raise Me Up," that featured tenor, Waylon Jordan, on the vocals.
A guest appearance was made by talented singer and violinist, Hannah Kirby, who is a graduating senior
at Sulphur Springs High School, and delivered this powerful selection.
The second part of the program began with Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies," and continued with the title song, "Dream" by Johnny Mercer.
Things "got lively" again, as the chorus opened up with "Singin' in the Rain," and then featured the bass section on "The Impossible Dream," from the Musical Man of La Mancha.
The Choral group "switched tempo" by presenting the traditional Texas favorite, of "The Yellow Rose of Texas," as their next selection, and followed it with "Sway" that brought the talented singers to actually "swaying" on stage.
However, my favorite selection of the performance, featured two of my favorite singers in the group as vocalist, Caleb Frazier and Marlon Chisom, as they blended the voices with the group to present "Lean on Me." The selection was outstandingly done!
Everyone's favorite, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," from The Sound of Music, was the final selection before the program ended with the traditional "The Lord Bless You and Keep You," that is the signature benediction to all of the North East Texas Choral Society presentations, as they ask former singers to join them on the stage.
You certainly missed an outstanding performance, if you were not in attendance, over the weekend. However, the performances were taped and will eventually be available on Compact Disc.
The skies on stage were darkened, but when the crowd exited the Civic Center, in an uplifted spirit, they
were greeted with a "Super Moon," one of the largest in decades!
Congratulations on an OUTSTANDING
Performance, North East Texas Choral Society!!!