■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor
She sings prettier than a songbird, which is why San Jacinto High School student Saria Castillo was the proud recipient of a $1,000 vocal music scholarship from Harmoneers Chorale. She received her award at the Chorale’s Spring concert May 20, where she enthralled the audience by singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables.”
Also appearing at the concert was a surprise guest, Ludwig von Beethoven himself (or a reasonable facsimile thereof), who delighted the audience as he strolled among them during the rendition of a fun song entitled “Beethoven’s Wig” (In case you didn’t know it, it’s very big).
“A Musical Potpourri” was the theme of the Harmoneers’ concert, which the group described as a musical walk through life, and included well-known songs such as “Moon River,” “The Impossible Dream,” and “Step in Time” from “Mary Poppins.” Lively numbers, such as “Create a Rhythm,” “Spiritual Jubilee” and “Rhythm of Life” kept the audience engaged. Also featured was a tribute to the men and women serving in our armed forces. Such songs as “Already Home” and “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” during which a slide show was presented showing photos of local men and women who are presently serving our country in the armed forces, was a tear-jerking performance.
Saria Castillo, a student at San Jacinto High School, was awarded a $1,000 vocal music scholarship from Harmoneers Chorale on May 20. She was surrounded by family, including her mother and grandmother.”
The Harmoneers Chorale has been performing before audiences in the Hemet area since 1977, and has given away more than $45,000 to help finance the education of more than 60 local graduating seniors who choose to pursue a career in vocal music. If you would like to add your voice to this excellent group, visit their Facebook page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.