It’s funny how you can expect the worst and still be surprised when something exceeds your expectation. The “Spring” concert was much worse, song-wise, than the Christmas concert. Of the thirteen songs performed over half were Christian chorals, but the program given to the parents only listed one song as being “traditional spiritual” and that was Joshua! (Fit the Battle of Jericho). What? They couldn’t figure out that the Battle Hymn Of The Republic is a traditinal spiritual song as well? One with what could be considered a rather offensive message to non-Christians I might add. They still ended the program with a benediction as well.
Putting my complaints with the program aside, the kids did a pretty good job with the material they had. Though I did feel sorry for some of the boys who seemed to be having trouble with their voices trying to be both a baritone and a soprano at the same time. Ah puberty! The one young lady that got a solo did a pretty good job with it though the Britney Spears song, Sometimes by Jorgan Elofsson, she sang seemed oddly out of place amongst all the religious selections.
For those of you who think I’m probably the only person who sat at this concert and was annoyed with the religious overtones, I’d like to mention one more thing I noticed that occurred. The young girl standing next to my daughter on the back riser seemed to keep disappearing from view every time one of the more religious songs came up in the program. I asked my daughter what was going on after the concert and she explained to me that her classmate had to step down off of the back riser each time a song about God came up because she either didn’t want to, or wasn’t allowed to, sing songs about God. My daughter wasn’t sure about all the circumstances, whether the girl herself didn’t believe in God and therefor didn’t want to participate, was instructed not to by her parents because she was of a different faith, or what have you, but it was a telling moment to realize there was someone on stage as uncomfortable about the evening’s performance as I was out in the audience. More so, perhaps, because I didn’t have to get up and draw attention to myself by leaving the room each time one of the songs started. I suppose she could have just not participated at all, except the teacher had made participation mandatory and it would’ve affected her grade had she not been there. That hardly seems fair.
The only thing about this “Spring” concert that had much of anything to do with the season itself was the fact that it was held on the first day of spring. Surely there are enough songs about the spring season to fill an hour’s worth of choral singing without needing to promote a particular religion in the process. No one’s kid has to seperate themselves from the choir during particular songs then and no one in the audience has to sit and feel like someone is trying to force a different religious viewpoint onto them. It would be inclusive instead of divisive and the school wouldn’t have to worry about whether it would receive much in the way of complaints the next day. Nah, can’t do that. That’d make too much sense and be too fair for everyone involved.