The SVSU Cardinal Singers and Concert Choir took the Rhea Miller stage with a hefty lineup of fall-themed songs on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
While most songs were geared toward the fall season in general, others promised to inspire thoughts of Halloween.
The Cardinal Singers opened with “The Red, Blue and White” by Scott Tuttle and were accompanied by Amanda Stamper on piano. They then performed “Graduale” from Tomas Luis de Victoria’s “Missa Pro Defunctis,” a chant more commonly known as the “Mass for the Dead.”
Additional songs performed were “The Ghost’s Story,” based on a poem of the same name by Dominick Diorio, “Full Fathom Five” by Matthew Harris, “Requiem Aeternam” from “Requiem” by
Peter Cornelius, “Les Djinns” by Gabriel Faure and the rather theatrical “That Ol’ House is Haunted” by Jester Hairston.
Tyler Benoit, one of the singers, identified “Requiem” as his favorite song to perform. He said “Les Djinns” was the most difficult song because the singers had to learn French.
“Les Djinns,” based on a poem by Victor Hugo, was especially unique due to its odd structure, which led to natural crescendos and decrescendos both in volume and in energy.
“It was definitely good,” Benoit said of their performance.
The Concert Choir began their portion of the performance with “Double Trouble” by John Williams, a song made famous by the Harry Potter franchise. They also sang “Dies Irae” from Cornelius’ “Requiem” and “Jabberwocky” by Sam Pottle.
The concert was made even more interesting by the constant switches between a capella and accompaniment performances. Both choirs made use of a variety of instruments, including piano, xylophone and tambourine, as well as adding their own spooky sound effects.
English sophomore Jarod Morse enjoyed listening to “Jabberwocky.”
“It was a really cool piece,” Morse said. “The song was really fun and unique.”
Singer Theresa Riley-Clark thought that the longest song, “Dies Israe,” was the most challenging.
“’Dies Irae,’ was the hardest to learn because it took more for me to connect to it,” Riley-Clark said. “The song talked about some pretty heavy stuff, which was difficult to process at first.”