THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, May 6, 2022 Page 3 Malden High Spring Concert returns to stage with flourish and flair 'Mama Mia, Mama Mia!' MHS ensembles put a historical, cultural touch on performance Selections range from 1500s to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, sung in five different languages By Steve Freker H e may not be a history teacher, but Malden High School Choral Arts Society Director Todd Cole surely knows how to connect the past to the present. On Wednesday night, his four ensembles performed with flourish and flair as the MHS Spring Choral Concert made a triumphant return to the Jenkins Auditorium after a two-year "pandemic pause". The mix of selections was eclectic, dramatic and historical in both context and culture — ranging in timeline from selections as far back as the 1500s, to a rousing rendition of the Queen/Freddie Mercury iconic anthem, Bohemian Rhapsody. The variety continued with a musical scene, acted and sung right out of West Side Story by the Concert Choir Tenors and Bass singers, Gee, Officer Krupke — and the Concert Choir's rendition of the Beatles' hit, Eleanor Rigby. Before every selection was performed, Director Cole gave a brief introduction and often an anecdote to accompany the performance. When introducing his various ensembles, which total nearly 90 students, Cole proudly noted some recent statewide award winners. In a state adjudication performance at Norwood High School, Cole’s Concert Choir took the Silver Medal and the Madrigals were awarded the Bronze Medal. On Wednesday night, in addition to the historical element, Cole pointed out that in his concert; there was also a distinctive cultural piece as selections were performed in five different languages: Hebrew, French, German, Spanish and Italian. "For every concert, we wish to introduce a challenge," Cole told the audience. "The challenge we introduced here was a number of songs in different languages, some of them (the Concert Choir) learned in just the past three weeks." Cole had special thanks for all of those who assisted and contributed to the success of the concert, including the Malden Public Schools Central Office administration and Malden CONCERT | SEE PAGE 23 MAMA MIA, MAMA MIA! — Soloist James Holland does solo work on the rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. J& $46 yd. S Landscape & Masonry Co. MULCH SALE! Discount Spring Special PICK-UP or DELIVERY AVAILABLE 617-389-1490 Premium Hemlock or Pitch Black BELOW WHOLESALE COSTS LANDSCAPERS WELCOME $4 yd. $42 yd. $3 yd. James Song performs a solo piece during a Concert Choir selection. GEE, OFFICER KRUPKE — The Concert Choir Tenors and Basses act and sing during a selection right out of West Side Story.

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