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WHS choirs share spring concert Monday evening

Members of the WHS concert choir rehearse earlier this week in preparation for their spring concert next Monday evening. (Jane Turpin Moore/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — Students in the Worthington High School (WHS) choirs are thinking spring, and they’re ready to sing in the season at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

“This is lighter, more contemporary music, by and large,” said Kerry Johnson, director of the WHS choral program.

“Students were given the chance to offer input on some of the selections, and therefore we have some jazz, some pop and some reflective numbers.”

Several different groups will perform, including the two largest (Concert Choir and Trojan Choir), the select 20-voice Trojan Express, and the male/female Vox and Bel Canto.

In addition, the senior choir members are planning to share a few pieces during the course of the evening.

Among the selections are Freddie Mercury’s “Somebody to Love,” with soloists Smile Bu, Sarah Spieker and Sammy Martin on guitar; the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby;” an a cappella arrangement of “The Pink Panther” and a Pentatonix version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Johnson assured that choir accomplishments — both collective and individual — from 2017-18 will be acknowledged, as will the graduating seniors. In all, about 30 members of the WHS Class of 2018 are in Johnson’s choirs, she noted.

“There are some true leaders and outstanding talents in this class, and we will take the chance to thank them for their contributions,” she said. “Really, we have some very amazing kids in various grade levels participating.

“This will be a good way to wrap up our year in music.”

The 2018 WHS Spring Choir Concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, 714 13th St., Worthington, and is open to the public. There is an admission fee; ISD 518 activity passes and student IDs will be honored.