Music Extravaganza by Darlene Harris
For Family Weekend, the annual music extravaganza joined the many music groups on campus together for a fun-filled and enjoyable concert. This was one of the last events offered for families during their visit to Roanoke. Six groups performed: The Roanotes, Mainstreet, Looking for an Echo, Roanoke College Choir, The Oriana Singers, and the Jazz Band.
The Roanotes began the night with three songs: “Bubbly,” “Whataya Want From Me,” and “Faith.”Â Rachel Glick, Liesl Stach, Leslie Shallock, Rachel Leach, and Nathan Sliwa all sang solos for the concert. The Oriana Singers followed The Roanotes with a musical medley. They sang a medley of Les MisÃ©rables, which included the popular songs “Castle on A Cloud,” “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” and “Do You Hear the People Sing?”. It was a wonderful medley that the audience really enjoyed.
Looking for an Echo followed The Oriana Singers with three selections. They began with “In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle,” followed by “It’s Alright,” and their very popular rendition of the Alma Mater. They entertained the audience with their physical interpretations of the lyrics. The Jazz Band performed afterwards, featuring a solo with Ruth Trochim and an originally composed piece by Marcel Galiber, both seniors. Marcel’s song was titled “Poquito de Coquito” which for him meant “A Little Bit of Home.” It was a tribute to his home, St. Croix, located in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mainstreet followed with “Fat-Bottomed Girls,” “Lollipop,” and ended with their staple, “Amazing Grace,” which was arranged by their founders.
Roanoke College Choir began the closing of the show with a Lerner and Loewe medley featuring songs primarily from the musical My Fair Lady. Some selections included “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “Get Me To The Church On Time,” and “The Rain In Spain.” It also featured songs from the musicals Paint Your Wagon and Camelot. Both RCC and the Jazz Band closed with a selection called “Blue Skies.”
It was a very enjoyable concert for family and friends alike. If you would like to hear the choirs and the band, there are concerts coming soon. There will be a band concert on October 10 and December 5 at 7:30 in the Olin Theater. The Roanoke College Choir and The Oriana Singers will present the XXIX Lessons and Carols on December 1, at 3 and 5 p.m. They will also present Handel’s Messiah Part 1 and Vivaldi’s Gloria on December 15, at 2:30 and 5 p.m.