The sound of beautiful holiday music could be heard from Buckman Theater on Dec. 3 during the Quinnipiac University Singers concert. The audience as well as the ensemble was filled with people of all ages, yet united for the same purpose. The show possessed something enjoyable for the great diversity of people who attended.
Fred E. Rossomando, a faculty member in the music department, directed the performances. His arrangements of popular songs were excellent, as over forty members of the group impressed the audience with their vocal skills. Rossomando commanded the room with his superb pianist skills as he brought a variety of popular and seasonal songs to life.
The program opened with Scott Farthing’s “A Jubilant Song.” The choice was a fantastic, upbeat way to start off the night. One of the more popular choices that many audience members were familiar with was the group’s performance of “California Dreamin’ / Monday, Monday” by the 1960s group The Mamas and the Papas. It was a great musical tribute to such a talented group known for their excellent harmonies and unique sound.
Next came an arrangement of Chicago’s “You’re the Inspiration,” written by songwriters Peter Cetera and David Foster for the well-known pop/rock group. The song was moving and truly inspirational. The change-up of the tempo of songs kept the show exciting and entertaining for all.
The next five songs performed were more traditional songs, appropriate for the upcoming holiday season. “Jazz Gloria,” an a cappella version of “Poor Man Lazarus,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman,” “One Candle Lights The Way,” and a fabulous medley from “J.C. Superstar.”
Soloists Daniel Conforti and Allison McLaughlin had the opportunity to showcase their vocal talents. The harmonizing of the Quinnipiac University Singers was wonderful, but it was a refreshing change of pace to have two great singers perform independently during the songs.
Rehearsals for the spring semester will be on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in Tator Hall 120. Rossomando can be contacted at [email protected]