By Keri McQueen, Features Editor
Recently Keenan’s Fine Arts Department showed off its skills at the Spring Concert. Performances included selections from the chorus, orchestra and band. Teachers have been working hard all semester to achieve good quality work.
Ms. Christi Lewis, Orchestra Teacher, spoke highly of the performances. The orchestra stuck to its theme of “Are You Scared Yet?” There were many familiar selections played which put great emphasis on fear. Some of those pieces include “Hall of the King and Night on Bald Mountain.” The performance also included selections from “Phantom of the Opera.”
The orchestra’s highlight of the night was the recognition of students who made the District Honors Orchestra, South Carolina Music Education Association (SCMEA) Region Orchestra, and SCMEA All-State Orchestra.
“We continued the tradition of the Raider Music Department by presenting Senior orchestra members with a yellow rose,” Lewis said.
The chorus sang well- known selections such as “Seasons of Love,” “Holy Holy Holy” and “In Bright Mansions.” These songs showed the eclectic music choices of Ms. Archias Gilmore-Brown, Chorus Director. These selections brought the many colors of spring with an array of music.
The chorus also presented a special selection by Senior Diamond Samuel, Freshman Lyric Swinton and Junior Jessica Samuel. They performed a portion of singer Nina Simone’s “Four Women.” The song puts emphasis on the stereotypes of black women. This selection intended for the Black History program was a slam hit for the audience at the concert.
“Man that high note was amazing,” Junior Clinton Bouyer said.
Diamond Samuel described the performance as dramatic and spirit filled. She expressed how the long practices and intense vocal skills through the year helped the chorus establish its success.
The spring concert was considered a success. Those who came left invigorated and eager to spread the word of all the night’s festivities.