The marble rotunda of the Rhode Island State House rang with the voices of 5th graders, who, under the direction of Mrs. Frances Candelario, brought holiday cheer to Paul Cuffee School parents, friends, staff, and the public. The concert, sponsored by the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, was the school’s 5th consecutive appearance at the Holiday Concert series at the State House.
Poised and confident, emcees Katherine Estrada (State House) and Aliyah Henderson (Laurelmead) introduced each number. 5th Grader Beyanca Guilme soloed on the introduction to “When the Lights All Shine” and percussionist Meher Singh offered Tabla drum renditions from his native India.
The 40 member Upper School Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Sybille Pierre, entertained at the December Parent Association Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner, singing various genres such as musical theater, gospel, and pop. Christopher Williams and Adelany Gonzalez-Pagan performed a duet, singing the holiday classic, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The chorus also featured Elina Niyimpaye, Aimee Martinez, Audreys Rosario, and Emily Quiroa as soloists in various numbers. Songs included “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King, “O Happy Day” by the late American Gospel arranger Edwins Hawkins, and “Carol of the Bells.”
Both choruses performed their concerts at Laurelmead for residents who have come to look forward to Paul Cuffee students spreading holiday cheer at their beautiful facility.