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CCHS Pops Concert pays tribute to music of the 1950s and 60s

  • The CCHS Concert Choir gets active during a rendition of “You’re the One That I Want” Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • The CCHS Comet Chorus sings “What a Wonderful World” Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Cael Ruzicka and Nora Sullivan mix genders a little bit as they imitate Sonny and Cher Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • CCHS senior Olivia Wolfe is accompanied by her father, Bill Wolfe, during an acoustic rendition of the song “Dream a Little Dream of Me” Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Vocal music director Derek Sturtevant leads the CCHS Concert Choir Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • The rock duo Beautiful Chaos, featuring Emily Woodard on guitar and Lily Woodard on drums plays “I Will Follow Him” Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Tara Dean and Phoebe and Rob Pittman compete in the “Not-So Newlywed Game” Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Phoebe and Rob Pittman compete in the “Not-So Newlywed Game” Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Josh and Tara Dean compete in the “Not-So Newlywed Game” Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Members of 2JazzedUp sing “Sweet Caroline” Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Members of 2JazzedUp sing “Sweet Caroline” Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Senior Olivia Wolfe takes a solo as members of Rhymes With Orange sing “You Make Me Feel So Young” Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Senior Nathan Shultz takes a solo as members of Rhymes With Orange sing “You Make Me Feel So Young” Tuesday at the CCHS Vocal Music Department 2019 Pops Concert. (Press photo James Grob.)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

The Charles City High School vocal music department presented its 2019 Pops Concert Tuesday evening at North Grand Auditorium.

This was the second year for the concert, which featured the music of the 1970s and 80s last year. This year, the show stepped back into the 1950s and 60s, performing classic pop songs such as “Stand By Me,” “What a Wonderful World” and “California Dreamin’.”

In addition to performances by the Comet Chorus, the Concert Choir and vocal ensembles 2JazzedUp and Rhymes With Orange, the show also featured some lip-syncing of Sonny and Cher by Cael Ruzicka and Nora Sullivan, a parody of “The Newlywed Game” with teachers Josh and Tara Dean and Phoebe and Rob Pittman, and a performance of “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by senior Olivia Wolfe and her father, Bill Wolfe.

Emily and Lily Woodard also performed a cover of “I Will Follow Him” as a part of their rock band, Beautiful Chaos.

The emcees for the evening were students Aaron Montemayor, Kaydon Cormeny, Nathan Shultz, Madison Lincoln, Anastasia Baldus, Olivia Wolfe and Ruby Peterson.

CCHS vocal music director is Derek Sturtevant. Creative consultant was Michelle Grob, and accompanists were Chris Cleveland, Jacob Gassman, Isaak Jensen and Hayden Pleggenkuhle.

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