Desserts and pop culture music combined last Saturday night, Nov. 1, at 7:30 to form the annual Dessert Pops concert performed by the Loras College choirs and jazz band. They performed to a full house; tickets sold out once again.
The emcees for the night were junior Samuel Whan and sophomore Jesse Anderson, who lightened up the night with comedy, introducing each act. The acts included the titular song from the musical, Anything Goes, performed by Bella Voce; an a capella piece by Con Brio; four songs by Chamber Singers including “The Java Jive” and “Africa,” originally sung by Toto; and two songs by the Concert Choir: “When You Believe” from “The Prince of Egypt” and the titular song from “Phantom of the Opera.”
Other individual acts included an acoustic duet of a medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by sophomores Dimitri Villanueva and Stephanie Phillips; a Bachata dance by senior Veronica Andraski; a jazzy saxophone solo of “You Got a Friend in Me,” performed by senior Lacy Smith; and a lovely duet by sophomore Tatiana Naborowski and junior Jennifer Kasel, performing “In His Eyes” from the musical “Jekyll and Hyde.”
Dessert Pops has always been a successful night for the music department, and this year was no different. The talent of the musicians has not only been noted, but praised by the audience. The talent of the choirs will be further showcased in Ames, IA later this month, where they will perform at the Iowa Music Educators Association Conference (IMEA). The choirs also would like to invite you to Mysteries of Christmas, which will be performed at Nativity Church on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.