Audience ‘Happy’ to listen to Lura Sharp Elementary Concert

Audience members were “Happy” to listen to the Lura M. Sharp Elementary spring concert, the finale of both the chorus and band performances being the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

A "Happy" concert
A “Happy” concert

The fourth and fifth grade chorus put their own musical twist to the song with a dance routine.

Directed by Stacey Landas and accompanied by Traci Lapp, the chorus also sang “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, “A Two-Part Alleluia” by Jay Althouse and “Like the Beat of a Drum” by Jay Althouse.

Landas said the students were at first glad to hear that the song “A Two-Part Alleluia” only had one word to memorize: alleluia.

They underestimated how difficult and complex the tune would be.

“The students said it was difficult to remember so many words, so I only gave them one word,” said Landas. “But after they realized how difficult this piece was, I think they’d rather have more words!”

Landas continued to state that the students rose to the challenge, and she was incredibly proud of their hard work.

The fifth grade concert band, directed by Jack Jennings, put on stunning performances of “Hocus Pocus” by Robert Foster and “Star Wars” by John Williams.

The back of the evening’s program contained a poem entitled “Why Music?” by Daniel R. Mooney.

A portion of the poem reads, “Music develops insight and demands research . . . It allows a human being to take the above techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, emotion. . .”