It is December 11, 2007, and the San Gabriel Civic is bustling with excited people from all around town. Onlookers wonder what could be the cause of such a massive gathering, and find their answers spelled out in black block letters plastered onto a majestic sign above: Temple City Holiday Concert.
The Holiday Concert had a total of twenty performances and lasted for three hours, which started off with the Festival Orchestra performing “Sleigh Ride.”
The crimson curtains then parted and the Combined Choirs emerged with the ladies clad in dazzling emerald dresses and the men dressed in dark tuxedoes, bringing to us the high-beat, “Holiday to Remember.”
The members of the Choreo Dance Team swept the audience off their feet in Rockette’s Marshmallow World. A segment of the performance included the girls, dressed in black miniskirts, raising their legs high in the air as if in a water ballet show, which drew waves of cheers from the audience. A slight commercial break was even inserted into the middle of the dance, with the team rearranging signs that appeared to spell a word with “Acne” at first, but then stealthily transfiguring into the message “Dance Concert Jan. 11”.
Junior Joan Kim, along with the Chorale, then brought onstage the Hebrew song “Bashana Haba’ah”. Kim’s violin, mingled with the angelic choir, resonated throughout the auditorium, leaving the audience touched and inspired. After the chorale left the stage, the curtains closed and the Festival Orchestra came on with “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
Next up were the Bright Side Singers with “The Telephone Hour” from the classic musical, “Bye Bye Birdie.” The singers skipped around the stage in heavy clothing while singing surprisingly in tune.
Groups of what appeared to be conjoined Mexican twins then marched onstage in red and yellow ponchos and sombreros. They then pulled back their sombreros in one fluid motion, and sang, “Feliz Navidad”. These Brighter Side Men, with their comical performance, succeeded in leaving the audience with jubilant smiles on their faces
After a twenty minute intermission, the curtains rose to reveal the Honors Orchestra seated in a graceful arc. They performed various Christmas songs, such as Home for the Holidays, Holly and the Ivy, and Mr. Santa. Their last performance, “Rhapsody in Blue,” had piano soloist Jack Zeng’s fingers flying across the piano rapidly albeit gracefully for almost 10 minutes straight, stunning the audience and enticing a one minute standing ovation.
The next performance was equally “out of this world”. In the “Twelve Groovy Days of Christmas”, the Brighter Side and Tomasulo Singers boogied in their hip, neon-colored 70’s style outfits. A personal disco-ball handler was even hired to jog around the stage for the three-minutes.
The show concluded when the Festival Orchestra, Full Ensemble and Vocal Arts Alumni joined together for the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
This article was written by Sophia Chang. It was published in the Temple City Voice on December 19, 2007.