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Balladiers opened the spring choir concert with four songs

Buffalo High School’s Balladiers opened the spring choir concert with four songs in a variety of genres on Thursday in the BHS auditorium. The choir worked with director Leah Hoblit took a moment to show what bad singing would sound and look like during their second song to explain how high the performance standards are in music.

Buffalo High School hosted their annual spring choir concert on Thursday, May 13 for community members and families alike who joined the four school choirs for a variety of musical performances. The four choirs, the Balladiers, Men's Choir, Una Voce, and Bella Voce performed for a fuller audience than the groups have seen in a while courtesy of previous COVID-19 gathering limitations. Near the end of the concert the audience celebrated several graduating seniors and also joined in singing sophomore singer Charlie Wonka happy birthday.

Balladiers choir started off the spring choir concert

Buffalo High School’s Balladiers choir started off the spring choir concert with a performance of “Wide Open Spaces” on Thursday in the BHS auditorium. All four choirs, the Balladiers, the Men’s Choir, Bella Voce and Una Voce, performed for the audience in addition to celebrating the seniors and senior pianist Tim Clason.

Charlie Wonka laughs as the choir begins singing happy birthday

Buffalo High School sophomore Charlie Wonka laughs as the choir begins singing happy birthday to him on Thursday in the BHS auditorium. The choir invited the audience to join in the song as the whole room joined in song for Wonka’s birthday.

Tim Clason offers a solo on the piano between choir performances

Buffalo High School senior Tim Clason offers a solo on the piano between choir performances on Thursday in the BHS auditorium. Clason performed first before the Balladiers and then again after the Balladiers.

Armrests running along one aisle of the auditorium glow

Armrests running along one aisle of the auditorium glow from the stage light, breaking up the darkness that filled the seating area on Thursday in the BHS auditorium. The warm, golden curtains provided a stark contrast to the black attire of the choirs.

Leah Hoblit talks with the audience

Buffalo High School choir teacher Leah Hoblit talks with the audience about the work that goes into the end of semester choir concerts on Thursday in the BHS auditorium. She proudly announced that in their regular end of semester class vote, the majority of kids anonymously voted for “everyone” to win the most valuable singer category instead of a single person.

Fischer Kirven holds a long note during his performance

Buffalo High School sophomore Fischer Kirven holds a long note during his performance with the Men’s Choir on Thursday in the BHS auditorium. Kirven was a soloist in one of the group’s four songs: “Longest Time” arranged by Roger Emerson.

Wiley Waller sits on and plays a box drum

Buffalo High School sophomore Wiley Waller sits on and plays a box drum during one of the songs performed by Una Voce on Thursday in the BHS auditorium. A variety of percussion instruments were pulled out for use during the performances by the Una Voce choir including the box drum, tubano drum, cajon drum, conga drums, a cabana and guitars.

Light from the hallway shown through the back doors

Light from the hallway shown through the back doors into the auditorium during the Una Voce performance on Thursday in the BHS auditorium. Guests who arrived mid-song would often stand, peering through the glass as they waited for a break in the music to sneak into the room.

Senior choir members join together on stage

Buffalo High School senior choir members join together on stage for recognition of their upcoming graduation on Thursday in the BHS auditorium. The seven were spread between the four choirs.

Buffalo High School hosted their annual spring choir concert

Buffalo High School hosted their annual spring choir concert on Thursday in the BHS auditorium, one week after the spring band concert. Parents, peers and community members spread throughout the auditorium seats, making for a larger audience than the choirs have seen since COVID-19 began more than a year ago.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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