Singers, musicians prepare for Daniel Pearl World Music Day


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By Jake Dobbs

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Photo by Yuliya Kipnis. Music teacher Jackie Gorski practices the songs she has prepared for the annual Daniel Pearl World Music Day concert with her seventh period students. The annual concert will be held on Oct. 25.

If you attended Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS) last year, you most likely remember the Daniel Pearl World Music Day concert the school held.

The choir performed admirably, along with a few other musical performances, which were all documented by numerous television news channels.

But this is a new year. And the next concert on Oct. 25 aims to top last year’s event.

To really get the choir in good shape, choir director Jackie Gorski enlisted some outside help.

The choir is going to have a special rehearsal with two conductors, Professor Wendy Moy and Whitney Covalle.

“The nice thing is that the students are going to get the opportunity to interact with people from the professional world,” said DPMHS principal Deborah Smith.

Moy, who is from Seattle, Washington, is a professor of music from the University of Washington.

Covalle is the choir director of the Children’s Choir at the Lyric Opera House, in Chicago, Illinois.

Students are excited to have additional musicians helping them prepare.

“It’s going to be a nice experience, instead of just having one person helping you,” said senior Eny Herrera.

Daniel Pearl World Music Days is a month-long celebration of music dedicated to Daniel Pearl.

This is the third year that DPMHS is paying tribute to Pearl, who was also a musician.

This year’s music day performance is going to be different from last year.

Moy and Covalle are coming on Oct. 15 and 16 and the choir is going to have a few more rehearsals the following week to  practice singing as a team.

Last year’s concert had a traditional Jewish feel toward it, with most of the songs being in Hebrew.

But, this year is taking a different direction.

The songs this year are some you may actually recognize, like Stand by Me, or Beautiful Girl by Sean Kingston.

As of now, the choir is practicing their songs, but have not had the chance yet to sing as one.

The choir is over 100 strong and has to be separated into multiple periods since the music room is just too small.

 

 

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