Vocal Ensemble and the Madrigal Choir teamed up to open the night by singing the Gloria Fanfare. Afterwards, head principal, Dr. D’Agostino, took time to welcome everyone in the audience.
The Madrigal Choir was on stage first, performing some well-known songs such as “Deck the Halls”, “Jingle Bells”, and “Winter Wonderland”. Songs got people in the Christmas spirit while others did the same, but had a very lively feel to them. Madrigals surprised the audience during “Jingle Bells” with some fun moves. The quadrants of the choir did different moves to make the song more entertaining.
Madrigals also portrayed the same kind of idea later in the show with their song “3:00 Rehearsal”, which was all about what instrument everyone plays and what happens during their after school rehearsals. Most audience members certainly enjoyed this arrangement.
At this point, junior high principal, Mr. Aaron Peralta stepped on stage to give another welcoming message, and going on to say how proud he is of the choir department for their continued success throughout the school year.
From there, the second half of the performance began. The chorus of about one hundred and forty students prepared to step on stage. Mr. Lindfors took a minute to tell all groups of performers which door they were supposed to exit and which to come back in the auditorium from. Which led him to tell the audience how during preparation for this night, they practiced in the Lyceum on the Mesa campus. As the performance was on the Orange Coast College campus in the Robert B. Moore Theatre, not one choir member got the chance to rehearse in the OCC theatre, where there is a great difference in the size of the two buildings. All performers came out for the actual performance doing everything for the first time. But in the end, the entire one hundred and forty singers got on stage with good timing and organization.
A couple of their selections were the classic hymn “Gloria”, and the fun “Jingle Bell Boogie”.
Just before Madrigals sand their rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, Lindfors called for any child in sixth grade or under to come to the front. They were all invited to help conduct a childhood favorite with him.
Later on Mr. Lindfors invited guest Ms. Eliza Rubenstein to conduct the Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble, and Madrigals Choir. Rubenstein is the OCC choir director and was more than happy to help direct the Mesa choirs in the “Hallelujah Chorus”.
The night ended with all joined choirs singing “Peace, Peace”. Mr. Lindfors invited any alumni in the audience to join them, since this is their annual selection to end the winter performance with. Lindfors also had two young guest conductors to accompany him, his young daughter Emily and son James. This definitely brought a warm feeling to the end of the night.