Northside Hosts the Annual Cozy Concert
by Noah Liedtke
Northside’s music department hosted their annual Cozy Concert on Dec. 12, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. The event was directed by the school’s three music teachers: Mrs. Martinez, Mr. Park, and Mr. Lill, who teach choir, orchestra, and band, respectively. This concert was aptly named, as all the performers were decked out in their most festive holiday sweaters. Tickets for the event were sold at the door for $5 by students in the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The event was long, but the festive atmosphere encouraged the audience to stay for the entire performance.
The concert kicked off with a high-energy performance from the Jazz Band, who performed three songs: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Hot Chocolate.” Mr. Lill pulled a few students from the advanced band to join the jazz band for the concert, who learned all three songs in about a day. Because the members were rushed in learning their music, the band made a small error at the beginning of the second song, which led to Mr. Lill joking with the audience and restarting the song. Overall, the band had an amazing performance, which makes sense considering the Jazz Band is one of the highest level ensembles in the school.
Following a short intermission, the choral ensembles took the stage. Right before that, however, Eryk Kokosinski, Adv. 802, performed a solo as a male soprano, singing “Music for a While,” and hitting impressive high notes. Following his performance, the intermediate choir performed four songs: “Dona Nobis Pacem,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Christmas Star,” and “Cradle Hymn.” For their final song, “Gloria,” the tenors and basses from the advanced choir joined the sopranos and altos of the intermediate. Following the smooth transition, the advanced choir sang “Winter,” and Mrs. Martinez joined them for their a capella rendition of songs from “The Nutcracker.” Accompanist Ms. Jia-Yee Tang played the piano for all the songs.
After another intermission, the orchestral ensembles, lead by Mr. Park, took the stage. The symphonic strings performed first with three songs: “Mystic Fawn,” “Concerto Grosso,” and “Christmas Time is Here.” Featured solos were performed by violinists Sophia Chang-Stauffer, Adv. 810, and Sharon Kim, Adv. 810, and by violist Kelly Reinoso, Adv. 802, who performed “Concerto Grosso.” Following them, the chamber strings took the stage, performing a medley of “Carol of the Bells” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The symphonic strings then took the stage again, playing music from Disney’s “Frozen.”
The last ensemble to perform was the concert band, which ended the concert with three upbeat songs: “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Hollywood Milestones,” and “A Christmas Festival.”
The Cozy Concert was a great showcase of what the music students have been learning during this semester. Juliana Furigay, Adv. 911, said, “We worked hard to make this concert happen, and the results were so rewarding. I put many hours of practice in, and Mr. Lill made sure that we had everything down perfectly. The pieces at the concert made me tear up and I’m grateful to have been a part of it.” Compared to many CPS schools, Northside has a really well funded music program.
Northside also has many other upcoming ensemble performances, the dates of which can be found on the calendar on the fine arts department’s website.