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CHS choir, orchestra draws applause, prepares for contest

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 9:29 pm

Nearly 500 people applauded the work of 170 Centralia High School choir and orchestra students the evening of March 10.

That is when they, along with CHS vocal music and orchestra director Leah Rolfson presented the school’s pre-contest concert, titled “March Madness.”

The orchestra performed “Legends of Glory,” by Kathryn Griesinger and “Finlandia” arranged by Jon O’Neill.

The CHS Concert Choir

The audience then heard Ryan Millier perform “Concerto in A Minor,” by Antoniao Vivalidi, followed later by “Traumerei” by Schumann; Terra Veazey – “Nocturne” by Luigi Bassi; Duke Newsted – “I wander as I wander,” by John Jacob Niles; Sam Lynn – “Beautiful Dreamer by Stephen Foster; The Legacy Choir – “In the upper room,” by Russell Nagy; The Music Maniacs – “My very own,” by Susan Labarr; Chamber Choir – “Ubi Caritas,” by Ola Gjeilo and “Love: Then and Still,” by Labarr; Emily Burchardt – “Danny Boy,” by Fred Weatherly; Abbie Ross – “American Lullaby.” by Gladys Rich; Xaden Lockett – “Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal,” by Roger Quilter and the Concert Choir – “Jubilate Deo,” by Peter Angela and “I’m going Home,” by Kyle Pederson.

Terra Veazey waiting for her solo.

Rolfson said the students would be competing in music contests next Thursday and Saturday at Mexico High School.

However orchestra and choir director Leah Rolfson released the following announcement today:

“I am really sorry to have to send this, but MSHSAA has suspended our contest next week and we will not be going.  I don’t know anything else.  I assume large groups are finished.  I don’t know if Saturday’s kids will be given another option or not. I am sorry.  This is all obviously due to the corona virus.”

For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.

The orchestra’s big strings.