Carols & Confections

The Mapleton Chorale and Maple Mountain High School Choirs performed the 2nd annual “Carols and Confections” concert to a packed house and received a prolonged standing ovation at the end of the performance.

The concert began with a beautiful combined-choir performance of “Worship the King,” with choir members standing on stage and in the aisles, creating a surround-sound effect.

There was a little bit of everything in the concert. Pieces varied in mood, from the MMH Concert Choir’s stately “Lux Aurumque” and the Mapleton Chorale’s beautiful “Hallelujah Chorus,” to a small ensemble’s comical rendition of “Grandma’s Killer Fruitcake” and the (slightly painful) “Monotone Angel,” with Nate Foutz as the angel.

All MMHS choral groups performed, including the Chamber Singers; Concert Choir; Sorelle Voce; Men’s Chorus; and Women’s Chorus, both alone and in various combinations.

The show was well-choreographed and ran smoothly, with soloists and small groups performing during choir transitions. A video presentation created by Matt Jones was also shown.

Soloists included Braden Rymer, MMHS Music Sterling Scholar, singing “Let it Snow” and accompanying himself on the piano, and organ soloist Seth Bott playing “Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella.” Heidi Scott sang “Breath of Heaven.”

Small-group numbers were performed by several MMHS Trios. Kelsey Dominguez, Katelyn Nielsen, and Aisha Brown sang “I Saw Three Ships;” Megan Larsen, Jalene Keliiliki, and Jessie Raymber sang “All I Want for Christmas is You” while they flirted with a trio of boys. Mapleton Chorale Trio Meika Boogert, Mary Garlitz, and Lynzi Coffey sang “Sisters” and “An Irving Berlin Christmas.”

The concert closed with two beautiful numbers. The Mapleton Chorale sang the “Hallelujah Chorus” accompanied by strings, with the entire audience standing in respect. The final number was a spectacular combined-choir number, “We are Not Alone,” with all chorus members standing on stage and in the aisles carrying candles, creating a calm and peaceful effect.

“Carols and Confections” is set to become a Mapleton tradition, one to look forward to each year.

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