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CHS Chorus students preparing for 'spiritual' MLK performance

By Brandon Glover & Elly Groh

The Cairo High School Chorus is currently preparing for its upcoming MLK performance and the Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) performance.

The MLK performance is to be held at noon on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 20, 2020, at the Holder Park Parking Lot in Cairo, near Washington Middle School.

After the MLK parade, the ceremony will begin. The Chorus will perform first after prayer, and then the R&B Dance Team will perform. The theme for this year's MLK parade is "Team Work Makes the Dream Work."

The theme for the 2020 Cairo MLK parade

Senior Chorus member Keyshawn Barron said that the songs they will perform are "mostly spirituals." Some of the songs to be performed include "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which is known as the Black National Anthem and was written by James Weldon Johnson; "Tshotsholoza," a traditional South African piece adapted by Jeffery L. Ames; "Keep Your Lamps," a spiritual piece that describes hope for the future and freedom, arranged by Andre Thomas; and "I Dream a World," based on a poem written by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes and arranged into a choral piece in honor of the 911 victims by Andre Thomas.

After the Chorus finishes the MLK performance, it will be time for them to polish up their songs and sight reading skills for the LGPE, a competition in which multiple choirs compete for a score. Last year, the Chorus received straight superiors, a perfect score in all categories. They aim to do it again this year.