MSJ Students Hold Annual Fall Concert
Makayla Williams 21’
This past Thursday, on November 21, the Mount Saint Joseph Academy band and choir held their annual fall concert in the Martin McDonough Gymnasium. Before the concert began, there was a spaghetti dinner held by the Tri-M National Honor Society, which was provided by MSJ Junior Pearl Bellomo’s father, Tony Bellomo. Between the band and the choir, the officers of Tri-M which include President Michael Blais, Vice President Ben Pencak, Treasurer Payton Thurston, and Secretary Makayla Williams inducted the newest members of the honor society Devon Bathalon, Ashley Blot, Ethan Courcelle, Rachel Gregory, Thomas Harris, and Jacob Williams. The Tri-M National Honor Society is filled with kids who have a real love for music who want to help grow and continue the school’s music program and the surrounding community. These members must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and perform community service. Around 100 people were in attendance for both the spaghetti dinner and the concert, among these were friends, family, faculty, fellow performers, and students who came out to enjoy the music. The Choir went first and sang “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” by Robert and Richard Sherman, “On a Star Light Night” by Jill Gallina, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and arranged by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, “I Te Po” by Rob Ruha, and “Once and For All” from the broadway hit Newsies. The band followed with performances of “Land of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver, “Let There be Peace on Earth” by Jill Jackson Miller, “Aladdin Medley” by Alan Menken and arranged by Michael Sweeney, and “The Rage of the River” by Thomas Peppard. The song that I believe was performed the best was “Aladdin Medley” by Alan Menken and arranged by Michael Sweeney because we worked really hard on it and were able to get through the whole thing without a hitch, in the middle of the song was a solo by MSJ Junior Thomas Harris.
The dinner performance by Pearl Bellomo and Payton Thurston was great, as were the performances by the band and chorus. The concert was a great way to show the community how much Mount Saint Joseph Academy really has to offer and how musically talented we are as a school.