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Soundtrack: Hits From Screen and Stage

– by Elyse Simich

 

Curtin University’s choir, the Rhythmos, performed at Churchlands Senior High-School on Saturday night. Led by choirmaster Dr Jonathon Paxman, the performance took on the form of a soundtrack. It was separated into ‘disk one’ and ‘disk two’ by an intermission, and included songs from movies, musical theatre, YouTube and a video game.

All of the soloists had very strong vocals and the choir worked together to create a seamless harmony. Often the songs were a Capella, but an acoustic guitar, piano and percussion featured in a few numbers. The performers all wore different ensembles, but achieved unity because their outfits were red and black.

The show came a full circle — it both begun and ended on Circle of Life from The Lion King. This song featured a single small drum, which complemented the harmony the choir created. It featured a number of strong soloists who belted out the soaring melody.

Mumford and Sons created an acoustic song, Sigh No More from verses of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The Rhythmos formed a semi-circle and began singing as one chorus, accompanied by a single acoustic guitar. As the song progressed, the sound got louder and the choir broke into sections, causing their voices to intertwine beautifully.

Rent’s Seasons of Love also made an appearance and was performed completely a Capella. Two songs from Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton and Guns and Ships) were also performed by the choir with piano accompaniment.

 Every single performer has worked exceptionally hard to perform the songs as well as they did

Agony from Into the Woods and My Eyes from Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog were performed as duets; the rest of the choir left the stage. The choir also performed Down to the River to Pray from O, Brother Where Art Thou? in sections as an a Capella piece.

Their rendition of Chicago’s Cell Block Tango was my favourite number of the night. It was choreographed and performed by five girls and one guy as the six merry murderesses. Partly spoken and mostly sung, it was very entertaining.

The choir also performed Baba Yetu — the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili — which was arranged for the video game Civilisation IV. It was the first song from a video game to win a Grammy Award.

Of course, you can’t have a show based on soundtracks without including a song from Disney’s Frozen. Instead of creating a clichéd performance, they performed Eatnemen Vueile, which showcased their soaring voices beautifully. The choir broke into sections and it featured three soloists.

It’s evident that every single performer has worked exceptionally hard to perform the songs as well as they did. It was an enjoyable night, and it’s obvious that everyone involved in the show has outstanding talent.

 

Photo credits: courtesy of Soundtrack: Hits From Stage to Screen

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