• Diane Gomez

Chorus performs virtual Fall Concert

CHS chorus performs in the auditorium

The 2020 Fall Choral Concert was held on November 5, 2020 at 7 p.m. It was different this year being virtual, and it included previously-recorded performances from February.

Two selections were performed by Chorus members live from the CHS auditorium. Students were masked and socially distanced, according to Direct of Choral Activities Ms. Erikka Edwards.

“Usually our fall concerts are a collaborative effort with our elementary and middle school choirs in Grady County,” Ms. Edwards explained at the beginning of the broadcast.

“Our Fall Concert is a bit different this year,” explained Ms. Edwards, who told viewers and listeners that she hoped the performances would “bring a great deal of hope to you and yours.”

Ms. Edwards welcomes viewers to the Chorus' virtual Fall Concert

Like many school and community events, Choral Concerts at CHS were cancelled beginning in March due to the ongoing pandemic. Because the Chorus was unable to showcase its performances earlier in the year, including a performance with world-renowned violinist, Rachel Barton Pine, those performances were included in the Fall Concert, as well. Read more about that performance in The Red & Black’s story from February.

Senior Syrup Singer Bree’Ijaha Garland welcomed and informed viewers that the concert was dedicated to families who had lost loved ones or been affected by COVID-19.

Next, Freshman Skyler Starr introduced the first selection, “The Star Spangled Banner,” arranged by Russell Robinson. The performance was the first of two selections recorded live from the Cairo High auditorium.

The next performance, a Feb. 21, 2020 recording of “No Need to Knock” by Sally Albrecht, was introduced by fellow ninth-grader Benny Hall.

Senior Aaron Mora (far left), featured soloist in "Tshotsholoza," joins fellow choir members in singing "No Need to Knock".

Freshman Le’Oshia Kelly introduced the third performance, “Tshotsholoza” by Jeffery L. Ames, also recorded at the Tallahassee performance on February 21. Senior Aaron Mora was a featured soloist for the performance.

Kenna Anderson, a senior member of the Syrup Singers, introduced the next performance, “I Dream a World.” Andre Thomas, composer of the song, called the live performance “Beautiful!” and thanked the Chorus for including his work.

The final performance of the Fall Concert was “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” arranged by Roland Carter and directed by Dr. Mark Butler; the selection was introduced by 11th-grader Shanbreka Hardy and was a recording from the same collaborative performance at St. Peter's Anglican Cathedral in Tallahassee earlier in the spring.

The concert ended with Aaron thanking the viewers for their support.

Enjoy the full Fall 2020 Chorus Concert below!

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