The sounds of music will fill the air at two upcoming choral events at Centreville High. One features four a cappella groups and the other spotlights the school’s choir students.
First is an A Cappella Night, slated for this Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Centreville theater. It’s an annual event to raise money for the Choral Department. Tickets are $10 general admission, but free to all students in the Centreville High Pyramid.
Five a cappella ensembles will perform. The Chimes hail from Georgetown University; the Overtones, from JMU; and the Sil’hooettes, from UVA. Contempo is student-directed and comprised of all-female, Centreville High choral students.
And the Voice Males, a barbershop quartet, are Georgetown grads and former Chimes members who’ve been singing together since college. “One of them, Steve Mohyla, is the father of two former Centreville choral singers,” said Centreville Choral Director Lynne Babcock. “He produces this event every year.”
A variety of pop, jazz and barbershop tunes will be presented. Afterward, there’ll be a reception for the audience members and performers.
Then on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., Centreville will hold its Choral Cabaret in the school cafeteria. Tickets are $10, adults; and $5, students, at the door. The evening includes desserts and drinks, plus opportunities to bid on themed gift baskets and win raffle items. The prizes include gift certificates from local merchants and restaurants; some will be part of a silent auction and others will be raffled off.
“This is also an annual fund-raiser for the Choral Department,” said Babcock. “The proceeds go toward music, equipment, fees and choral-student scholarships. It’s lots of fun and a really neat night.”
This program is a musical revue showcasing the individual, singing talents of Centreville’s choral students. “They’ll sing everything from pop music to jazz, R&B, musical-theater, country and rock numbers,” said Babcock. “We’ll transform the cafeteria into a club-like atmosphere.”
“There’s so much talent in the Choral Department, and people don’t get to hear the members as individuals, but only in a group,” she continued. “This way, they can.”