Tag: Jessica Cummings

Pop Concert

Words: Diana Cagas

Instead of holding the Pop Concert in May as usual, Centennial’s choral department is performing its annual Pop Concert on October 14, according to choir director Jessica Cummings.

During Pop Concert, Centennial choir groups perform songs for those who are interested in listening to popular music. Students also audition to perform solos, duets, and quartets.

Concert Choir is preparing to sing “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay, Women’s Choir will perform Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” along with a mash-up of “Survivor” and “I Will Survive,” and the Madrigals are rehearsing a mash-up of “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Save the World,” both by Swedish House Mafia.

All choir groups are coming together and singing Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s 1967 hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

“I know that it is a surprise for students to have the Pop Concert at the beginning of the year,” said Cummings, “but I think it is more fun to start the year with popular music.”

Entry fees are suggested donations with $5 per person or $10 per family.

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Acafellas

Words: Diana Cagas

With Pop Concert coming early this year on October 14, 2015, Centennial’s choir groups are preparing for the big show. Centennial’s all-male A cappella group, the Acafellas, are tuning up for the quickly approaching concert.

On September 1, the Acafellas held their first meeting for the 2015-2016 school year. Senior Daniel Kelly started it off by giving a short introduction and a meet-and-greet with the returning and new members followed shortly after.

Just two months away from the show, choir director Mrs. Jessica Cummings presented a possible song choice to the group, titled “Sound Off” by Paul Rardin. Listening to the song had the guys singing and laughing because of the funny tune.

As a returning member of the club, sophomore Steven Mitchell said, “Joining Acafellas helped me get to know more people and meet with upperclassmen.”

For more information on Acafellas, see Mrs. Cummings in room 703 or visit Centennial’s music website- www.centennialmusic.org.

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Pop Concert and Photos

Words: Ashley Berry

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Wednesday, May 20, Centennial High School held their annual choir Pop Concert. Students from every Centennial choir group performed various popular songs from different genres such as: Stay by Rihanna, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, and Lay Me Down by Sam Smith.

Solos, duets, A Capella, small groups, and large groups made the show a night to remember. The Acafellas and C#, Centennials two A Cappella groups, sang to 21 Guns, Lion Sleeps Tonight, and Geronimo; Concert Choir started the night with Bohemian Rhapsody. Madrigals ended the first act with Stand by Me by Ben E. King and Women’s Choir started the second act with My Boyfriends Back by Angels. An all freshman group, Aparajita Kazi, Moitri Kazi, Max Shen, Basilica Arockiaraj, and Minu Mandal, performed Demons by Imagine Dragons.

Soloist Stephanie Boisvert took the show in a different direction when she sang to Life of the Party, while Cece Denby danced contemporary on the stage. Montria Walker, a powerhouse singer, took on the classic I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston and earned much praise. Other soloists, Eddy Choe, Mackenzie Brandon, Cecilia Hsu, Jayla Waters, Juhl Dwivedi, Sky Betz, Jun Lee, and Jesse Kinstler sang It’s A Beautiful Day, 1901, Simple as This, Stay, Skinny Love, Warrior, Lay me Down, and Hallelujah, respectively.

The only duet of the night was No Air by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown sang by John Hunter and Montria Walker. All Centennial Choirs sang the Skyrim Theme, ending the night, along with a big ‘thank you’ to their beloved teacher, Jessica Cummings.

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Music Arts Take a Trip to Virginia Beach

Words: Nicholas Klein

During the weekend of April 10 through April 12, the orchestra, band and choral groups at Centennial High School took a weekend trip to Virginia Beach to participate in a spring music festival. Almost every student in an orchestra, band or choir took the long coach bus journey to the beach.

Jessica Cummings, the choral director, Allen Leung, the orchestral director, and David Matchim, the band director, all supervised the trip to Virginia. All music groups from Centennial High School competed and performed at the spring festival. For the duration of the trip, the students and staff stayed in a hotel.

The various music groups from CHS won first place Orchestra, first place Concert Band, first place Concert Choir, overall concert band, and overall orchestra. In addition to these prestigious awards, Jesse Kinstler won the award of best vocal soloist.

“Camaraderie was very high on the trip,” said Allen Leung. “The trip wasn’t about the things we do or the awards we win, but about the friends that we are with. The students had a lot of fun on the bus rides because they were with their friends playing games and talking with each other.”

Congratulations to all members of the Orchestra, Band, and Choir!

The Spectacular Winter Spectacular

Article: Paul Didwall

Photos: Caitlin Martin

Ellicott City, MD – If The Winter Spectacular were a movie, and you were to watch a trailer for it, quotes would sequentially appear on the screen with sayings such as, “10 out of 10,” “Five Stars,” “Centennial Amazes Again,” “There is a reason it is called The Winter SPECTACULAR.” The annual Centennial High School event was held on November 29 and 30 this year, at 7:00 PM in the CHS auditorium. Tickets were $10 a piece and could be purchased at the door or in advance.

Prior to the 7:00 start time, the Madrigals sang the audience in to the room with songs from their repertoire. The show then started off with Santa’s journey to CHS, featuring a comical video of him driving in to the Centennial parking lot blaring holiday music, and then running in to the school getting each performing group ready for the show. Santa, played by Benjamin Evans, and two of his reindeer, Jillian Loeffler and Sarika Reddy, got the performances stared by welcoming the entire cast on stage to perform There’s No Business Like SNOW Business! Santa and his reindeer continued to keep the audience entertained throughout the night with the story of their trip around the globe.

Madrigals then took to the stage to perform Deck the Halls!, and returned at various intervals to wow the audience with more holiday tunes. The Centennial Dance Academy – an after school program for younger dances that was introduced last year – was the second group to take the stage and had a considerable number of performances throughout the night. Each Musical Theater performance was very enthusiastic and well put-together, making it easy to enjoy.

Junior and Senior Dance companies wowed the audience on many occasions including a detailed group performance of The Nutcracker Suite, featuring a solo by senior Madison Croxson. After a few more dances, a phenomenal iteration of Sleigh Ride was performed by the Strings. The show continued on with more dances, musical theater performances, and singing from the Madrigals, as well as more details of the story being told by Santa and the Reindeer.

By this point of The Winter Spectacular, it was time for Jazz Band to take the stage. The Jazz band performed Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, with flawless vocal accompaniment by Anne Marie Demme. Strings played another great song between the execution of the two Jazz band songs. After the various performances by the various performing arts groups, the entire cast was again brought back in to the auditorium to collectively perform Feliz Navidad. The Band provided the instrumental music, Madrigals and Music Theater sang the lyrics, and dancers filled the auditorium aisles to dance and pass out festive candy canes. The Jazz Band then returned to play the crowd out of the auditorium, with a drum solo from Kevin Lehr.

The night should be considered a success by all involved. Congratulations to the cast and crew of The 2012 Winter Spectacular on a fantastic job.

If you missed the chance to visit this event on Thursday, I would urge you to attend tonight’s (11/30/12) performance at 7:00 PM in the CHS auditorium.