Some of Fullerton College’s most talented singers took to the stage at the Wilshire Auditorium Wednesday, March 16.
The Home Concert, directed by John Tebay, featured performances from two of FC’s vocal groups: the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.
The Fullerton College Concert Choir opened the show with their interpretation of the piece “Doxologia”, by Ily Matthew Maniano. The choir’s voices rang beautifully through the hall filled with friends and families of some of the performers.
The group sang a big “Hallelujah!” with William David Brown’s arrangement. The vocal ranges mixed wonderfully together and earned a round of applause from the audience.
The Concert Choir’s performed a second piece by Maniano, which featured three soloists who proudly stepped forward to showcase their incredible talents. Backed by the choir, baritone singer, Christopher Martinez, tenor, Gian Manahan and soprano, Kimberlyn Martin blended their voices together in a joyous way.
The Fullerton College Chamber Singers took the stage second and came in strong with their rendition of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Credo from Mass in G Minor”. The piece featured solos from Evelin Huerta, Michael Morales, Arely Huerta and Adrian Gutierrez. Their voices
caught the audience in a memorizing way.
The choir seemed moved everyone with their performance of “O Magnum Mysterium”, by Daniel Elder. The beauty of the group’s harmonies demanded to be heard, reaching every corner of the auditorium.
“They sound like different songs!” said Janice Medrud, who was one of the audience members. “They’ve improved so much since August until now.”
The group’s last piece of the night entitled “Hold On Traditional Spiritual”, by John Tebay, took a deeper spin on the joyo
us night, featuring the soprano vocal styling of Kelly Cruz. Her voice was so powerful with emotion that it captivated the audience, bringing them to their feet for a round of applause.
“It’s not in the program, but we’ve got one more song we want to show you.” said Tebay, as both vocal groups returned to the stage for one more final goodbye.
“I’ll be with you until we meet again…” sang the performers. The higher voices twirled together before the deeper one’s came in, adding to the richness of the sound as it dropped to a quiet end.
“We could all feel it,” said Ashley Roefs, who was one of the vocalist. “There’s a difference between singing together and making music together. We were making music together on stage.”