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Seahorse Chorale to join college group for joint concert at Sanibel school

By Staff | Mar 5, 2019

For the first time ever, students at The Sanibel School will perform with a collegiate choir.

The Seahorse Chorale and the Franklin and Marshall College Chamber Singers will present a joint concert on March 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafetorium. Free and open to the public, each group will perform a set of their own songs, then join voices to wow the audience in collaboration.

“This is a special concert, a unique concert for us this year,” Music Department Director Joey Giangreco said. “It’s is a unique opportunity that we haven’t had for the Seahorse Chorale before.”

From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Franklin and Marshall College Chamber Singers is on its annual Spring Good Will Tour. In addition to the school, the group will perform at several locations regionally, like a Bonita Springs church, the Naples Botanical Garden and Shell Point Retirement Community.

“This has been a regular ministry for the group for most of the past 13 years they have been coming to our region,” George A. Pattison, coordinator for the tour, said of the nearby retirement community.

“Over the past 13 years, I am always thrilled when these beautiful voices arrive here in Southwest Florida,” he added.

As far as hosting the joint performance with the island students, Pattison explained that he and Giangreco are fellow baritones in the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida.

“We hadn’t visited a school on Sanibel yet,” he said, calling the joint effort a no-brainer.

Giangreco shared that the collegiate choir has done the same with other schools.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to sing and learn from and work with college students,” he said of the chorale. “I also thought it would be great for my students to work with their conductor.”

The day of the concert, the Franklin and Marshall College Chamber Singers and conductor William Wright will head to school for a rehearsal and workshop with the students to prepare for the big event.

“They’re going to work with the Seahorse Chorale with some of the pieces we’re already doing,” Giangreco said. “We’re going to be singing some pieces combined during the concert, so we’ll work on that, as well.”

For its set, the student choir plans to perform “Misty Morning” by Carl J. Nygard Jr., “Dodi Li” arranged by Doreen Rao, “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin'” by Greg Gilpin – which it sang at Walt Disney World in December – “Galop” arranged by Ken Berg, “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” and arranged by Mac Huff, and “My Shot” from “Hamilton” and adapted by Huff.

The public is encouraged to come out for an evening of song.

“We invite anyone and all for what is sure to be an enjoyable concert featuring great music,” he said. “The students are very excited for this opportunity and they’re looking forward to working with a collegiate choir.”

The concession stand will be open, with the proceeds to support the Music Department.

For more information, contact 239-472-1617 or JosephAG@LeeSchools.net.

The Sanibel School is at 3840 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel.