As the first few bars of the melody “At the End of The Day” rang into the auditorium, any die hard “Les Misérables” fan’s head would jerk up. Immediately, I could tell my attention would be elsewhere for the next few hours, considering the first booming sound of the vigorous voices was so riveting. Of course it probably helped that the next five minutes, would include some of the most classic musical songs rolled into one compelling piece. The medley concluded with the song, “Do You Hear The People Sing,” the very last song in the musical ”Les Misérables.” Sending chills down my spine as I recalled the moving ending of one of the greatest musicals of all time, making for a promising beginning to the concert.
Grand Rapids Community College’s Fall Vocal Ensembles Concert was held Sunday at the St. Cecilia Music Center in the Royce Auditorium. The program included three GRCC choir ensembles: the College Choir, Concert Choir, and Madrigal Singers. The choirs were directed by Stephen Barton and accompanied by Ken Bos. Special guests, the Rockford High School Chamber Singers, were a great addition to the already talent filled concert.
Soloists were also thrown into the mix, including an inspiring rendition of “Close Every Door To Me” from the powerful musical “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Nicholas McCready mesmerized his audience with his enthusiasm and confidence, his soft tenor ringing throughout the auditorium. Chelsea Molin also gave a stimulating performance of “Non posso disperar,” her piping soprano ringing the hopeful italian love song into the audience. Soloists gave the concert a nice variety, being able to focus on a few prime studied voices, was both fun and exciting to this audience member.
The entire music selection for this concert was well chosen. It included a large variety of songs, from super up beat to some slower paced songs. One particularly enlightening song was sung by the GRCC Madrigal Singers, called “Sing Me To Heaven.”This piece is one of the most beautiful prayers put to music out there. Outstanding choice made by the Madrigal Singers, with their powerful skilled voices they filled the auditorium with a moving prayer.