The room was filled with the sound of beautiful voices as the PCC Concert Choir opened with Joseph Haydn’s “Gloria” at the Fall Choral Recital on Friday in the Westerbeck Recital Hall.
The hour-and-a-half recital featured the PCC Concert Choir, Lancer Vocal Jazz Choir, and PCC Chamber Singers. Nearly each seat in the hall was occupied.
Andreas Preponis, conductor for the concert choir, showed the audience the hard work the choir has done so far.
“I had to torture this choir with my native language, German, and I think they did very well,” said Preponis.
Alto singer Elena Cuccia said all of the hard work paid off that night.
“I think we did really good and tonight turned out really well,” Cuccia said, “My favorite song from tonight was “Shut De Do” because it was so much fun to rehearse and has a really good message.”
The Lancer Jazz Choir of 13 singers were dressed in black with an orange accent, giving a very autumn feel. Drums, a pianist, and a guitarist accompanied their performances.
Bobby Nova, a bass singer, gave an outstanding solo in “Over the Hill is Home” by Take 6.
“I was very nervous, but excited at the same time so I used that energy to help channel good stuff tonight,” Nova said. “It was such a pleasure to be amongst a bunch of my peers.”
The PCC Chamber Singers was conducted by Nancy Holland. They started off with a quite somber piece, “Mon Coeur se Recommend a Vous” by Orlande de Lassus.
Soprano Luz Villa had a solo amongst other peers in Hadyn’s “The Heavens are Telling.”
“I felt great tonight. It’s what I love to do. I’ve been singing for two to three years here in PCC,” said Villa.
All of the choirs came together at the very end. Together they swayed side to side while performing a very upbeat, traditional South African song “Siyahamba.”
The night concluded with Styne’s “Make Someone Happy,” leaving the audience with a positive message.