Amherst, MA

Anita Cooper, Choral Director

Overture to The Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini
Genre: Classical

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  1. This is terrific – everybody, please cast a vote for the Chorale!!

  2. Hey everybody – give a listen and then please cast a vote for the ARHS Chorale!

  3. A really enjoyable performance!

  4. You guys are so amazing – loved it!!!!!

  5. <3

  6. YOu guys are great! keep it up!

  7. Hand down the best.

  8. WOW!!! An incredible performance……. Well done, a winner for sure.

  9. Fantastic. Enjoyed it!

  10. Not able to vote (?) but “Like”!

  11. I didn’t understand the lyrics because I don’t speak Italian. 😉
    Seriously … really amazing. I could sworn I heard violins and trumpets.

  12. Like it! 😀

  13. Like this a lot~!!!!

  14. Wonderful! You are incredible!!

  15. Fabulous! Musically adept, wonderful control, great arrangement, and funny.

  16. Love it! This has my vote.

  17. Whoa. That. Was. AMAZING!

  18. Great Work! It’s extremely uplifting to see such dedication and seriousness from this age group. The importance of music in life is being promoted a thousand-fold here. Bravi tutti and Bravissima Anita.
    – JF

  19. Fantastic!

  20. Fantastic! Marvelous!

    Ellen Reich

  21. That was AMAZING! I swear I saw angels! Or was that phlegm? Either way, BRAVO!

    P.S. Jaimon, you rock! (in a classical sort of way)

  22. Totally fun (and even more amazing that something so difficult could look so effortless.) Great job!

  23. Really enjoyed this, and honestly feel they are far and above the best…I also appreciate the director’s comment about helping the kids to be exposed to something they will love all their lives..fantastic!

  24. Excellent! Different! Amazing!

  25. This group is the main contender against the group that I performed in for Together In Song. I must admit, they did a brilliant job with this piece and they definitely deserve a shot at winning this contest.

    Good luck guys!

  26. Shelley Timberlake (ARHS Chorale, class of '72) April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Ohhhhhhh Well DONE you all! Good to see the ARHS Chorale continuing in its longstanding tradition of Excellence !

  27. For crying out loud, this is FANTASTIC. This sounds like rehearsal must’ve been fun. If anyone should win, it’s you guys. You chose such a hard song and did such a great job. Mrs. Cooper: you’re a genius. This is so fun and beautiful, you guys deserve everyone’s attention. GO CHORALE!!!!!!:D

  28. Great musically and great fun.

  29. What a good performance of a fun piece! I would recommend a bit more uniform standing posture (like the young man with white tie in front has) to even out the quality and gentler jaw openings of the men. A bit more vocal energy in the sopranos too. (You know what a technical nut I am, Anita!!) Brava to you and your students.

  30. Maribeth Courtney April 11, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Simply brilliant!

  31. Ah, that was great fun! Watched it several times!

  32. Wonderful performance! And, the facial expressions are delightful!

  33. Christine Williamson White April 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    How fun!!! That Choral Director is the best!!!

  34. Loved it!!

  35. Anita-your genius for taking an ordinary assignment and transforming it into a fun, beautiful and memorable performance is breathtaking. Congratulations, and the best of luck going to the top where you all belong.

    When you’re done with that, maybe you want to move to LI and teach my Katie.

    Best wishes, break a tonsil or something!

    Best regards,

  36. Oh, boy, it’s clear you are really having a lot of fun! The smiles at the end are well deserved. The head-shaking trill is absolutely brilliant! Your vocalizations are like you are a whole of chorus of Bobby McFerrin’s and if you don’t know who Bobby McFerrin is, you need to find out!

  37. thought it was great. Could of been a little better if they knew the words. “just kidding”

  38. Great work. Nice blended sound. Sounds like a very challenging piece. Enjoyed the head shaking without the heavy metal sound.

  39. Love this! Wonderful and hilarious.

  40. Wow, guys! Look how far Chorale has come!


    -Chris (’06 Librarian)

  41. Satish Adlurmohan April 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Awesome performance. Appreciate your talent

  42. Absolutely excellent!

  43. Kathy Niedzielski April 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Fabulous!! They have my vote. Great job!!

  44. Ken & Carolyn Samonds April 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Really enjoyed it! Very complicated music delivered with verve, animation,8795 and humor.

  45. Kathy Niedzielski April 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Fabulous!!! Great job!! You have may vote.

  46. You stand out in the crowd. Wonderful — and fun. Great energy, great voices, great interpretation, great everything.

  47. Ruth Knollmueller April 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Terrific piece. You get my vote.

  48. Truly wonderful to see young people enjoying such wonderful music. The person above who noted how great the “blended” sound was is right on. Wow!

  49. Ms. Cooper, you really have something here!! What an amazing idea that I must borrow for my chorus one day very soon! Had you heard this done acapella before? Or another classical piece? This is brilliant and brilliantly executed by your very talented students. You must have had a lot of fun learning this and I thoroughly enjoyed listening and watching it be done! You and the group look fabulous, I must say. Good luck to all. I wish I could vote for every group! But, alas, all are winners…already!

  50. I’m old enough to remember the “Swingle Singers” (Paris, 1962) who made this scat-singing-to-classical-music style popular. [Hmmm… apparently the group still exists… or a revival group, at least.] This musical style is perfect for showing-off clear, young voices with perfect diction.. and the ARHS Chorale did an excellent job. I want to hear MORE!

  51. Great work, very professional.


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