Carlmont Choir’s latest Pops Concert shows off the ‘Greatest Hits’

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) was filled up last Wednesday, as Carlmont Choir performed their latest pops concert entitled “Greatest Hits.”

Pops Concert is an annual concert put on by Carlmont Choir.

Usually the pops concert follows a more narrow theme, such as one based on decades or another based on sci-fi,” Choir Council member Kiran Boone, a senior, said. “This concert a lot more broad in that it mainly just falls under an umbrella of what people like to listen to.”

Students prepared for roughly two months prior to the Wednesday performance.

We only had a few weeks to get started on the music and memorize it and get ready to really perform,” Boone said.  “I think that we’ve prepared quite well, and in some ways, it’s pushed us to work harder.

According to Boone, the return of teacher Genevive Tep from maternity leave has helped quite a lot in this process.

“We really appreciate the [Interim Choir Director Matthew Goulart] for stepping in, but when it comes down to it, she’s like family to us,” Boone said. “She’s built this program from nothing into something spectacular.”

Students, like sophomore Rafael Montalvo, worked hard so that their performance was as tight as possible.

“I went over my part many times, humming it to myself whenever I could,” Montalvo said. “In class, I made sure to bring a level of dedication and focus so I could really do well come concert night.”

The material ranges from the 50’s and 60’s to modern times and includes classic hits such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” and The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” as well as modern radio hits such as Fun’s “Some Nights” and Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches.”

“It’s just a really good mix, and I like that there’s something for everyone,” Boone said. “I think this is probably going to be one of our best choir concerts in the past couple of years.”

The audience reacted positively to the show, with thunderous applause following every performance.

“It was really good,” senior Alec Tung said. “Out of the Blue’s rendition of Skyfall was a real highlight for me.”

This is the last concert of the year for Carlmont choir.

“I think music is universal, whether everyone realizes it or not,” Boone said. “To be able to celebrate that universal bonding connection with so many other people is beautiful and should be appreciated.”