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Pelham Memorial Choir Delivers 'Emotional' Concert

PELHAM, N.Y. – Pelham Memorial High School hosted its Winter Choral Concert on Tuesday night in front of a packed auditorium and members of the crowd said the event certainly did not disappoint.

The chorus opened the event by singing “Sanctus” in Latin and received a standing ovation after singing “Hallelujah.”  The 65-student chorus sang a total of nine songs during the 45-minute concert and led a few people in the audience to tears.

“I’m actually emotional because it’s so beautiful seeing the students up there and my daughter,” said Stephanie Pagan’s mother. “I love that she played the maracas.”

The multi-language concert featured songs in Latin, Medieval Spanish, Ladino (a form on Latin in Israel), and Yoruba, which is the language of a West African ethnic group.

The chorus began practicing the songs in September and many members said they had a lot of fun performing for the crowd. “It was nice to be up there for the first time ever,” sophomore Stephanie Pagan said. “I liked it and it was really exciting.”

Maria Abeshouse, the choral director, said she was thrilled with how her chorus performed. “I’m really pleased with how well they did – really, really pleased,” Abeshouse said. The first year choral director was thankful for all of the compliments that she received at the end of the night.

“It’s really gratifying,” she said. “I want the kids to reach and touch the audience with the beauty of their music. I try to get them to connect to what the song is about and relay it in some way.”

Abeshouse was impressed with how well they ended the concert. “The ‘Hallelujah’ was tough,” said Abeshouse. “The ‘Hallelujah’ is very challenging, but they do it every year. It’s familiar to them, but not all of them have been in the chorus from year to year.”

Junior Eric Walls said he was glad to see improvement from September to Dec. 13. “It’s just nice to see all of the work you’ve done come together and see all your voices just become one voice instead of individuals in the beginning,” he said. “When they all merge into one, it’s like a sound that can’t be compared to anything else and that was great to see.”

Noah Peck, a junior who sang and played the drums during “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” shared the same sentiment. “It’s really beautiful to see something you’ve worked so hard on to come together so perfectly like a machine almost. It just flows,” he said.

However, when it came to their favorite song, the two disagreed.

“I liked all of them really great, but ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’ is great just because it’s really beautiful and I really like the lines,” Walls said.

“I like, ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ because even though I don’t sing in it, it’s just a fun song that’s really funky,” Peck said.

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