Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. Each October, the Nederland Middle Senior High School presents its fall concert, the first concert of the year. For many, it is the first time they will stand on the high school stage in front of upperclassmen and parents. The sixth-grade choir includes the largest number of participants, and last Wednesday, October 18, 2017, their performance raised the bar in exuberance.
Some of the singers were shy, peering into the spotlight, looking for a familiar face. Many of them, once they gained a comfort level on stage, let their body language sing as well as their voices.
The veteran performers, the Loquations, guided the younger choir members through their performance, sharing their confidence and experience.
“Listen to the Rain” was the first piece, an amazing song accompanied by various sound effects that portrayed a storm from the first drop, to the steady downpour, to a thunder and lightning cacophony. The middle level students received a burst of applause for their enthusiasm as Loquation, Marguerite Bradley, student aid for ML choirs, guided them through the timing.
The Festival Choir sang four numbers, ending in “Sing for Peace” which they sang along with 400 other students at a Boulder Valley School District concert.
The Loquations, Nederland’s elite choir, ended the concert with “Earth Song” and “Since U Been Gone.” At least 64 students participated in the concert, the first of the year.
(Originally published in the October 26, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)