Northside’s Spooktacular Halloween Concert
By Anahi Anaya
Before the first performance of the annual Halloween concert and costume contest, a ripple of joyous laughter was heard among audience members who laid their eyes on Mr. Leo Park, Fine Arts department, who was wearing an eye catching unicorn onesie. This set the mood for an enjoyable night full of scary but beautiful music where NCP orchestras and choirs were joined by the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra and pianist Amy Wurtz on Oct. 25.
The symphony orchestra began with a high-energy performance, playing a total of seven pieces: “Apocalypse,” “Generations,” “Adagio for Strings,” “As Twilight Falls,” “Divertimento For Strings,” “Darkened Shadows” and “Hyperdrive.” Unfortunately, a performer’s viola string broke mid-performance and the concert was momentarily paused. Luckily, the problem was solved quickly, and the concert resumed.
The orchestral performances were well done and the performers’ hard work paid off. However, the choir impressed the crowd just as much. Ms. Nythia Martinez, choir teacher, guided the singers through seven pieces. Chamber choir performed three songs: “Weep, O Mine Eyes,” “Autumn Moon” and “Circe Mea.” The intermediate choir performed three equally enchanting pieces. The audience was clearly pleased with their chords during their four pieces: “Dream Keeper,” “Sleepsong,” “Safe and Sound” and “Send in the Clowns.”
After the performances ended, the costume contests began. The first age group, pre-kindergarteners through third graders, had some creative costumes including the Frozen sisters, Bumblebee from Transformers, Jojo Siwa, and Agnes from Despicable Me. After much consideration, the prize, a bucket full of candy, was given to Jojo Siwa, with some candy dispersed among the other contestants. The contest for fourth to eighth graders followed, but no contestants appeared, causing many to wonder who would take the candy home. Finally, a volleyball player made her way on stage to claim the prize, with a soccer player not far behind. Ultimately, the volleyball player took the prize, giving the other contestant some candy in consolation.
Lastly, for the high school competition, there were a range of costumes including Black Widow, Darth Vader, and a fairy. As luck would have it, two of the contestants wore costumes that matched up. John Tang, Adv. 906, was the penguin whisperer while Anna Zhu, Adv. 905, was a giant penguin. The crowd was pleased at their embrace, cheering loudly in support. When it came down to choosing the winner, Umar Khan, Adv. 101, dressed as Mr. Johan Tabora, science department, won by audience applause. With that, the contest was concluded, and after much applause, audience and performers alike left feeling happy and ready for Halloween.
The concert was a success due to the hard work from the performers, the music department, the visual art department, Art Club, and Stage Crew. They continue to be hard at work, and those interested can keep up with Northside’s upcoming performances:
Nov. 9: Orchestral Concert with Vernon Hills High School at DePaul University
Dec. 18: Choral Concert with Faith, Hope, and Charity Church in Winnetka, Illinois
Dec. 18: Band and Orchestra Cozy Concert at NCP
Jan. 15: Beginning Ensembles Concert