Singing Through the Decades at Annual POPs Concert

Singing Through the Decades at Annual POPs Concert photo

Showcasing songs throughout the decades, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School presented its annual POPs concert in the auditorium on April 18.

The Madrigal Singers, lead by choral director Gina Occhiogrosso, kicked off the show with an evolution of music through the years. Jonah Ramdas performed “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire and was followed by the duo of Kyree Scott and Kaitlyn Besse showcasing Elton John’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” Ladrea Buffaloe and Kayla Urban took to the stage for Sia’s rendition of “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.” Darley Senat sang Demi Lovato’s “Tell Me You Love Me” and was followed by Jamila Jackson with Beyonce’s “Satellites.” 

“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves got the audience on their feet, performed by Jessica Chochorek, Liana Daubel, Aryana Arias, Ariano Tirino and Shannon Greenlee.  Nicholas Favichia gave a heartfelt performance of Gavin DeGraw’s “Not Over You,” followed by Kayla Dixon’s soulful version of “Praying” by Kesha. Closing out the first half of the show was Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” performed by James Holland.

Elenys Diaz and Yaderson Espinal showcased their musical talent with Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” and Kyree Scott again took the stage for “Love Me Now” by John Legend. Samantha Sloane performed the 21 Pilots version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and Jillian Payne belted out Florence and the Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over.” Nicholas Favichia, Kyree Scott, Oktay Yildiz, Kevin Buffalino and Jonah Ramdas showcased Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time.” Solo performances included Jonathan Angel with DJ Snake’s “Let Me Love You;” Taylor Sharpe-Adams with Sam Smith’s “The Writing’s on the Wall;” Andrew Szabo with Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life;” and Elenys Diaz with James Brown’s “This Is a Man’s World.” The Madrigal Singers and chorus closed the show with a powerful version of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”