Old traditions in new ways

By Jennifer Coots
December 7, 2000

Sarah Thompson

by Jennifer Coots
assistant perspectives editor

Dozens of people ranging from grandparents, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, friends, babies and Cabrini students jam packed the Bruckmann Memorial Chapel Sunday afternoon to witness the talented Cabrini College Community Chorus sing at the Christmas concert.

The choir, led by director Dr. Adeline Caravelli Bethany, sang numerous Christmas carols and religious hymns. Many of the songs included “Joy to the World,” “Sing with the Angels” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Although the concert seemed rather serious during the first 20 minutes, the chorus broke out in a `60s rendition of “Mary, Mary,” (not The Monkees version) which was accompanied by electronic drums.

Choir member and sophomore Derick Colonello was pleased with the performance. “It was very a energetic and spiritual performance given by all. One of the best yet,” Colonello said.

Towards the end of the concert, the audience was given a chance to request songs to sing along to. Many of the requests were “Deck the Halls,” “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Silent Night,” which was encouraged by Bethany, who walked up and down the aisles singing.

Bethany summoned the young children of the audience to the altar to sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at one point. The children hesitantly obliged while they were led by President Antoinette Iadarola through the verses of the song.

A wonderful duet was sung by Kaitlyn Barnes and Helen Marie Morris as well as a solo by Jenna Mancini, who sang “O Holy Night.”

“I am very proud of the group’s efforts,” Bethany said. “We have a lot of talent within the group. The people who join really enjoy singing and we learn to maintain proper balance between learning and having fun.”

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