West High Singers perform with Omaha Symphony


A silky smooth, dreamy mix of an enchanting symphony provides a window into a world of delightful classical music. Experience this sensation live Sunday Nov. 11 when the Holland Performing Arts Center hosts the West High Singers along with eight other choirs to sing with the Omaha Symphony at 2:00 P.M.

The choir has participated in this event since 1996. The opportunity first presented itself when choir teacher A.J. Reimer was a junior in high school and his dad was the choir teacher. Ernest Richardson, one of the directors of the symphony came to Omaha in hopes to start a choral collaborative that would excited students interest in the symphony.

“The first time we did it was on stage at Bellevue West with the symphony,” Reimer said.

Each year they have added more and more schools, the expansion eventually called for a bigger stage: The Holland Center. The performance on Sunday will be a piece called Gloria by Francis Poulenc. Gloria is a 30 minute long piece that is difficult to master.

“This is an extremely hard piece,” choir president senior Chris Beeman said.

To prepare, the choir has been practicing since the beginning of the school year to get the performance to standards. Multiple rehearsals included the director of the symphony and participating schools.

“I love singing with the symphony and the Holland is an amazing place,” Beeman said.

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