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‘Cazenovia in Concert’ a success

Choir member recounts a recent performance at the Civic Center

The entire Cazenovia High School Music Department takes a bow following its May 30 performance at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in Syracuse.

The entire Cazenovia High School Music Department takes a bow following its May 30 performance at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in Syracuse.

If you haven’t noticed, our small town of Cazenovia is full of big talent in the musical department.

Music is by far one of the most dominant pursuits at Cazenovia High School. Our ensembles are extremely wel taught, well rehearsed, and are known for memorable performances.

Since the 1970s, Cazenovia High School has had the privilege to perform biennially at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in Syracuse. It is such a great experience being able to perform in the same place that many highly esteemed ensembles and even Broadway productions have performed. This tradition has successfully carried on for more than 40 years, providing a noteworthy occasion for all involved.

More than 150 students from Cazenovia High School boarded buses destined for the Civic Center rehearsal the morning of May 30. If performing at the gorgeous space isn’t enough, we also got to “miss” a day of school to rehearse at the Civic Center — definitely a nice break as summer approaches.

The day began with performances by Concert Band, followed by Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble and Women’s Choir. The arrangements were impressive, some upbeat and fun, others tasteful and moving.

Hearing all the various styles by each ensemble with the outstanding acoustics the Civic Center’s large performance hall offers, was amazing.

It was so nice being able to sit in the luscious space and watch our fellow musicians demonstrate their talents, as members of each ensemble traditionally only hear their own.

After a short intermission, rehearsal resumed with Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble and the finale in which the entire group performed the song, “Anthem,” a stunning number. The greatly-awaited concert performed just a few hours later was equally, if not more, successful than the rehearsal, and received great praise.

Our directors, including Teresa Campbell, Mary Coburn, Kathy DiNardo, and Kevin Johnson, prepared us for success, pouring their hearts into each piece to ensure an impressive performance. The support from our administrators at Cazenovia High School, as well as parents of the students, made this event possible, and their support and guidance is greatly appreciated.

Overall, the performance and experience at the Civil Center was a great success, as it has been, and I anticipate this unforgettable tradition to continue for many years to come.

Marissa Barrett is a senior at Cazenovia High School and a member of the Concert Choir. She can be reached through Teresa Campbell at tcampbell@caz.cnyric.org.

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