Fall concert is a “ritual”

Alex Merkle-Raymond, Author

Palo Alto High School’s choir will be singing at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Grace Lutheran Church for the “Ritual” fall concert.

This fall’s theme includes songs from customs, ceremonies and spirituals according to choir director Michael Najar.

Many different groups involved with Paly choir will sing tomorrow, including Madrigal Singers, Spectrum Singers, Beginning Choir, Men’s Chorus and a cappella groups.

“Heartbeats is starting off the year by singing Mr. Sandman by the Chordettes,” senior Claire Chevallier said. “We chose this song because it sticks to our style, and we wanted to begin with a more traditional option. In concert choir, we’re singing a variety of spirituals as well as some more contemporary songs.”

Choir co-president Grant Smith is excited for the concert and thinks everyone will be able to enjoy it.

“The concert is titled ‘Ritual,’ and all the songs we are singing were really important to a certain people at one point,” Smith said. “It’s a really nice upbeat mix of spirituals, pop a cappella and just some just really beautiful a cappella the a cappella groups will be there to debut the stuff they’ve been working really hard on, too. I think it will be a really nice concert with something for everyone to enjoy.”

This will be the first Paly choir concert for the freshmen singers, and they are looking forward for it to all come together.

“I’m so excited to hear how ‘Soon Ah Will Be Done’ is going to sound with the freshmen, especially with the great acoustics in the church,” sophomore Emily Read said.

Tickets are sold at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children under 12 get in for free.