Parents filled the chairs and bleachers, overflowing to standing room on the upper level, for the second annual Big Sing concert on Monday, Oct. 29, in the Forest Lake High School main gymnasium.
This free event showcased singers from all district elementary schools (mostly fifth graders, plus a few from third and fourth grades), the seventh grade choirs from both junior highs and all high school choirs.
The concert opened with the entire group, more than 300 voices, singing “Do, Re, Mi” from The Sound of Music.
The Chinese folk song “Mo li hua” (jasmine flower), sung by the high school concert choir, painted a picture of a serene garden where one can escape from the bustle of everyday life.
High school Cantorei students sang “Ritmo” (rhythm), a Spanish song by Dan Davison with four-hand piano accompaniment and eight-part harmony.
Seventh graders presented the African American spiritual “Shine On Me” and “A Child of Song,” an upbeat piece that includes rounds.
Elementary students sang the American folk song “Old Dan Tucker” and “Skip, Skip, Shoo Fly Shoo!”
The finale was “We Go Together” from the musical “Grease.”
After the performance the Forest Lake Area Music Boosters sold root beer floats and ice cream in the cafeteria.
Elementary music teachers directing were Bruce Abbe, Scandia; Alysha Jordahl, Linwood; Kelly Larson, Forest Lake; Kate Lust, Forest View; Cheryl Nicklason, Wyoming; Heidi Sapa, Columbus; and Lisa Sauer, Lino Lakes/Central Montessori.
They were joined by Southwest Junior High Director Crystal Biljan, Century Junior High Director Jancyn Bindman, and High School Director Alyssa Wyatt.
Superintendent Linda Madsen was the master of ceremonies.