With the memory of an amazing man who passed away last August, Northwood’s choral students poured their hearts out onto the stage for the first ever Finter Concert.
Northwood’s choral department has decided to change things up this year, combining the fall and winter choir performance into one holiday masterpiece—the Finter Concert. With performances from Bass and Treble Clef, Bel Canto, Viva Cantar, Concert Chorale and the Chamber Singers, Northwood’s esteemed choir program gave its audience an electric performance led by Northwood choral music teacher Zach Halop and piano accompanist Keiko Halop, in efforts to honor the memory of beloved substitute and avid supporter of Northwood performing arts, the late Allan Foodym.
Viva Cantar took the stage with the night’s only display of choralography in “Three Little Maids,” from the musical “Mikado.”
“My favorite part about the choreography was that we were able to experience each other’s cultures and bond through learning new things about each other,” Viva Cantar singer senior Annette Chung said. “It really brought us together.”
Bass and Treble Clef, Bel Canto and Concert Chorale also performed magnificently on concert night. One notable performance came from Concert Chorale as they navigated the lyric current of Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene’s “Mary, Did You Know?”
“The song was beautiful,” Concert Chorale singer senior Roddur Dasgupta said. “We had such good dynamic contrast and control. I had shivers down my spine.”
The Finter Concert took an emotional turn towards the end of the night as the Chamber Singers sang Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” as a tribute to Foodym.
“Singing that song made me feel so many things,” Chamber Singer senior Ashley Chiang said. “Being able to break down all the walls and obstacles that came with performing that song for Mr. Foodym was amazing. Just feeling that connection with those around me as if nothing could break us down just kind of filled my heart with joy and love.”
With that sentiment in mind, the choral program looks to switch it up again come February with Northwood’s very first Valentine’s Concert.