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'For Love' theme for May Fiesta at Ashland High School

By Courtney Day | Ashland Times-Gazette Published: May 6, 2013 8:50 AM
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This year's theme for May Fiesta, a 47-year Ashland High School vocal tradition, is "For Love."

Members of the school's girls and boys ensembles, a capella choir, Sing and Swing Show Choir and Arrowdynamics will perform in the Saturday, May 11 concert under the direction of Nathan Duvuvuei.

"The kids will be performing many love songs, songs about love in its various forms -- love lost, love acquired, love of family and country," Duvuvuei said.

Selections include old jazz standards like "It Had To Be You," songs from movies and musicals like "The Lion King," "Les Miserables" and "Moulin Rouge" and May Fiesta traditions including "All Hail to May Fiesta."

Popular music included in the lineup ranges from Billy Joel to Pink to Katy Perry.

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"It has a little bit of everything for everyone," Duvuvuei said of the song list.

In addition to some well-known tunes, students will present some of their own compositions and arrangements, including an arrangement of "A Thousand Years" dedicated to the memory of Jessika Brown.

The concert will conclude with "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

"I am really excited to present the May Fiesta program this year," Duvuvuei said. "I have some of the best and most talented students."

Many of the show's numbers include choreography by Ann Van Scoy, who also serves as stage manager for the concert.

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May Fiesta was started by director Cliff Hurst in 1966 and has been carried on by choir directors and music students ever since. Each year, a theme is chosen to guide the concert.

The annual event regularly draws family, friends and community members.

"May Fiesta is designed first with the students in mind and second with the community in mind," Duvuvuei said. "We are very fortunate to have a supportive community."

For the students, May Fiesta is a chance to show their talents, experience concert performance and demonstrate what they have learned.

The concert also is an opportunity for seniors in the school's choirs to be recognized. This year, Duvuvuei said, two foreign exchange students will be recognized along with the seniors.

Courtney Day can be reached at 419-281-0581, ext. 243, or cday@times-gazette.com.

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