SSC High School Glee Club Alumnae Reunite: On Common Ground
Fifteen years is a long time, but for most of the Glee Club enthusiasts, it made Sunday afternoon’s show worth the wait. Ladies from different batches of the St. Scholastica’s College High School Department’s Glee Club reunited on July 27th at St. Ehrentrudis Hall for an evening of music and the reception could not have been warmer.
The evening began with love songs, with the SSC HSGC opening with Seasons of Love from Jonathan Larson’s RENT. The love song segment of the evening was completed with Til I Met You, Ikaw Lamang, Gino Padilla’s Closer You and I, and Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me.
Known also for taking on Sacred songs, the ladies then proceeded with the light-hearted but grateful tone of Light of a Million to begin the segment. Followed by Alejandro Consolacion’s whimsical arrangement of Cantate Domino, and a classic arrangement of Ave Maria which delighted the Benedictine Sisters in the audience, and a high-powered performance of Joyful, Joyful with Mitch Suarez of Batch 2003 taking on Lauryn Hill’s solo.
The Glee Club has always inculcated an exceptional cultural awareness in its members through various OPM Songs and Indigenous songs. In fact, every glee club member is required to know the correct lyrics to Lupang Hinirang. It’s no surprise that for the Homegrown Songs segment of the concert, they chose songs that show their vocal range and capability through songs relevant to our culture. They began with Idemdem Mallida, a traditional war song that depicts the march of the warriors and the anguished cry of the mothers for their fallen sons. They then continued with Cordillera Soundscape, Isang Dugo, Isang Lahi, Isang Musika which also happens to be a call for unity. But capped off the segment with their favorites: Lyricist Elizabeth Barcelona’s Sino and Baliw with Monica Alava and Patty Collantes taking on the high notes, and Ryan Cayabyab’s Paraiso with Janine Puno of Batch 2006 and Nikki Trivino of batch 2001.
Throwing in a few modern songs in the mix, the Glee Club also sang renditions of Defying Gravity from the hit musical Wicked, Prince of Egypt’s When You Believe with Mitch Suarez and Rianne Andrade, and Lorde’s Royals with a solo from SSC HSGC Batch 2005. The evening ended with Gretchen Arnaldo’s arrangement of Karen Carpenter’s Sometimes for the group to explicitly extend gratitude to the audience for their support all these years.
By: Ms. Gretchen Arnaldo
HS Batch ’90
Pictures are from: SSC High School Glee Club Alumni Page on Facebook