A disciplined and serious — and lighthearted — group of young people prowled and pounced around the wood-floored room. They were practicing a song from the musical Cats. Clear strong voices filled the air. This group of sixteen singers from the West Las Vegas High School Honors Choir will delight music-lovers at the City of Las Vegas Museum on Wednesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the City of Las Vegas Museum.
Choir director Arnell David Arellanes will introduce the event. He will be joined by students Michael Rascon and Richard Alderete, who will read from a letter they wrote about their experience in the choir.
The program will open with two classical pieces, Frojlocket, Ihr Volker aud Erden by Felix Mendelssohn and Omnia Sol by Z. Randall Stroope. Next follow selections from Broadway shows, including A Book Report from “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” by Clark Gesner. Soloists will be Sebastian Flores as Charlie Brown, Elizabeth Martinez as Lucy, Michael Rascon as Linus, Richard Alderete as Schroeder, and Matthew Gutierrez as Snoopy.
The entire group will sing pieces from “Chicago” and “Cats”, followed by Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats from “Cats” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Soloists, in order of appearance, will be Cassandra Garley, David Maestas, Faith Romero, Matthew Gutierrez, Marissa Maki, Christopher Yee, Richard Alderete, Jason Torres, Linda Esquibel, Chantae Bustamante, Michael Rascon, and Antonio Vigil. On some numbers, Arellanes will also accompany the singers on the Duncan Opera House piano.
Topping off the program will be One Day More from “Les Miserables,” arranged by Mark Brymer. Soloists are Arnell David Arellanes, Michael Rascon, Richard Alderete, Manuel Salmeron, David Maestas, Christopher Yee, and Matthew Gutierrez.
A program for the event supplied by Arellanes includes the notation “sfz” in its heading. “sfz” is a musical term (sforzando) meaning to hit a note with power and energy and then pull back and let the note sing.
The Friends of the City of Las Vegas Museum helps the Museum with programs, events, and fund-raising. The concert is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity to donate money for this event. The Museum is at 727 Grand Avenue. Call 454-1401, ext. 283, for more information.