Enthusiasm Ever Present at 2023 Pops Concert

Treble Ensemble sings at the annual pops concert.

Campolindo Choir held its annual Pops Concert on January 20 and 21. The Pops Concert is known for being energetic and creative, easily putting the sold-out audience in good spirits. The event was directed by choir students with the help of Choir teacher Mark Roberts.

The first group to perform was the freshman girl’s Treble Chorale. They energetically opened the event in bright pink T-shirts and black pants, singing One Direction songs “Steal My Girl” and “Drag Me Down.” They have been practicing for the event since they came back from winter break. Before the concert, freshman Kate Griffith noted that, “I think we would like more time to practice but I think we’ve got it down.” As Treble Chorale mentally prepared for the first Pops showcase in the packed audience, Griffith notes that “it’s comforting to know that it’s friends and family” that are supporting the choir in the audience.

Following Treble Chorale was the freshman boy’s Bass Ensemble group. They wore light blue T-shirts and swim trunks, and sang “Go The Distance” by Alan Menken, as well as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Solomon Linda. After the first concert, freshman Matt Jacob reminisced on the evening: “Everyone worked really hard… I just like when I’m working in a group and everyone works as hard as I do.”

Once the Bass Ensemble had made it off the stage, the Chamber Singers emerged from the sides of the stage, previously hidden by the curtains. Clad in a black shirt with purple writing and blue jeans, the Chamber Singers spread energy out into the audience through not only their performance, but through the humorous skits used in between songs to introduce the next song, often using a play on words to do so.

The Chamber Singers sang “As it Was” by Harry Styles, “Chiquitita” by ABBA, “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel, “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, and “We are Young” by Fun!.

After the Chamber singers, the Treble Ensemble, a group composed of sophomores girls, took the stage wearing white shirts with pink writing and blue jeans. They sang “Cups” by A.P. Carter, with sophomores Nola Coane, Isabelle Lewis-Smith, Courtney Rogers, Sisi Roggensack, and Olivia Welch performing the cup percussion that goes along with the song.

In addition to “Cups”, they also sang “Flashlight” by Jessie J. The song was accompanied at the end by the performers lifting their phones’ flashlights and waving them smoothly back and forth to the rhythm of the music. “Our group did really well and I’m very proud,” said Treble Ensemble member sophomore Sienna Balassi as she remembered her group’s performance.

Following Treble Ensemble came the Concert Choir, with navy blue T-shirts with an image of the choir teacher Mr. Roberts on the back. They sang “Motown: The Musical Medley”, a collection of 1970s style soul music.

It incorporates parts of songs including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “I Can’t Help Myself”, “Please, Mr Postman”, and additional songs similar to them, giving a heartwarming and uplifting ending to the concert performances. With such a long composition to memorize in such a short time, Concert Choir member sophomore Ariel Indrisano commented that, “We’ve been working really, really hard… Everyone did such a good job.”

After the performance, senior Stephanie Moore, who is in both Concert Choir and Chamber Singers looked back on the Pop’s concert experience stating, “Pop’s is generally a very fun and upbeat concert and not very focused on the nitty gritty.” Additionally, Moor explained that, “I’m a senior, it’s my last Pops concert, so I was just trying to live my best life and make the most of the time.”

The Pops concert is a lively and exciting concert that students and parents alike look forward to. The enthusiastic energy created by the performers translates directly to the audience and brings enjoyment to all.