Choir Showcases their Skills

Diamond Bar High School’s choir showed off its  impressive singing skills last Friday at the Spring Showcase concert, featuring chamber choir, Diamondtones, Solitaire and Marquis along with several solo performances.

While previous choir performances had a common theme, this year,  students were able to pick their own songs. The show began with “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” a 1960s hit, sung by the Chamber choir. This was followed by a few solos.  

Senior Nastassia Marantz sang “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys and nailed the performance with her strong, beautiful voice. Senior Maggie Delgado and Junior Ryan Handoyo performed a duet to the song “Runnin’” by Beyonce.  Their voices complimented each other with Delgado’s deeper voice and Handoyo’s surprising ability to reach the higher notes.

After a few solos, Diamondtones performed “Come Alive” from the popular movie “The Greatest Showman.” Decked out in bright red and illuminated with bright lights, it was a very lively piece full of energy.

Following this performance was another set of solos. Senior Kayley Toyama sang “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles, and was able to hit all of the high notes with ease. Junior Jolie Prudencio sang, with plenty of emotion, “You Say” by Lauren Daigle.

Solitaire performed its  competition with the theme of business women. They were dressed in business attire and the set featured songs such as “All Star” by Smash Mouth and “9 To 5” by Dolly Parton. There was a sudden transition halfway through the set to bright blue and green sparkly dresses as the mood switched from work to vacation. They sang “Take You to Rio” by Ester Dean, which was more upbeat and energetic than the earlier songs in the set.

After Solitaire, another group of soloists performed. Senior Katherine Reyes stole the show with her performance of “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse. During her solo she incorporated small bits of choreography and walked the stage. Senior Madison Rheins sang “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town and exhibited an impressive range and powerful voice.

The last to perform was Marquis, with the girls dressed in red flannel dresses and the boys in white shirts and black pants. Its set illustrates the story of a young couple, portrayed by sophomore Aidan Nelson and junior Taylor Chun, going to Los Angeles to become famous.  The set featured songs such as “Fame,” “Celebrity Status,” “Fix You,” and “Mind Your Manners” with solos from Delgado, Nelson, Chun and junior Ernie Perez.

During the final set, the girls transitioned to gold and silver sequin dresses and the boys put on red blazers. The showcase ended with a lively number, flashing lights and a rockstar pose.