GHS Collage Concert brings fast-paced, exciting performances to stage


Posted by Cory Smith • Last Updated 12:07 pm on Friday, April 12 2013

Students at Greenville High School perform the finale, “When You Believe,” Thursday afternoon for 8th grade students at the Greenville Performing arts center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

 

Greenville High School Choir Director Joel Van Houten directs the Village Green Singers during a performance of “Earth Song” Thursday afternoon at the Greenville Performing Arts Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville Director of Bands and Orchestra Susan Gould conducts the Greenville High School Orchestra Thursday afternoon at the Greenville Performing Arts Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE — From the opening note of the first performance to the final wave of the director’s baton, this year’s 24th annual Greenville High School Collage Concert is offering up a variety of musical performances that will make it difficult to walk away picking out a single favorite act.

Tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenville Performing Arts Center at Greenville High School, band, choir and orchestra students will come together for a collaborate concert that will range from impressive solo acts to a grand finale featuring every student.

The cost of admission is $6 at the door.

“The collage concert is a collaborative effort of our band, orchestra and choir programs,” Greenville High School Director of Bands and Orchestra Susan Gould said. “It’s a chance for us to give students an opportunity to hear each other perform. This is the only time all year that kids from all three programs are together for one show.”

Gould, who directs the show along with Greenville High School Choir Director Joel VanHouten and said she can recall performing the show in the old high school gymnasium, said this year’s show will be on a whole new level with new sound and lighting equipment in the auditorium.

Auditorium director Chris Chapman and his staff run the lights and sound, something Gould says makes a major difference in the final presentation of the show.

“We’ve had some fantastic upgrades in the auditorium with our sound and lighting,” she said. “It’s made a big difference. New lighting effects, sound effects, students are presented on stage now where you can see every single face, it’s an artistic endeavor that the audience is sure to enjoy.”

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After watching his students perform for the student body on Thursday, VanHouten said this year’s show will without a doubt be one “you don’t want to miss.”

“After the first event starts, it’s just one event after the other until intermission,” he said. “It’s really a non-stop show with so many acts.  There are so many cool things in this year’s show, you won’t be able to pick a single favorite performance.”

Whether you’re a fan of classical music or prefer something more modern, VanHouten said there is enough variety in this year’s concert to please everyone.

“It’s a very diverse concert,” he said. “We have such a great variety of performances, there’s really a little bit of everything represented, from country songs to A cappella performances.”

$2 of each ticket will go to the OUR3 endowment fund for the performing arts at Greenville High School.

All remaining proceeds will go directly to the band and choir programs.

“We’re so proud of our students,” Gould said. “It’s going to be a fantastic show.”

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