High school gives regards to music

Concerts to feature performances from well-known musicals

Award-winning musicians will perform music from Broadway at the Moffat County High School Auditorium Thursday night.

For those who think such a performance would carry an expensive price tag, they're wrong. It's free.

And musicians weren't brought in from New York for the performance, but instead Moffat County High School students will carry the tunes.

The Moffat County High School band and choirs are combining for the annual Extravaganza at 7 p.m.

"There's going to be a wide variety of music that everybody should like," said choir director Ray Zentz. "It's going to be a lot of fun."

This year's Extravaganza is titled "A Night on Broadway," and will feature music from several Broadway performances including "Cats," "The Music Man," Oklahoma" and "Les Miserables."

The high school choir and band recently made impressive showings at the annual Large Group Festival held April 25 in Rifle and Grand Junction.

The MCHS Concert Band, under the direction of Bill Toovey, received a "Superior" rating, the highest score given.

The chamber and concerts choirs, under the direction of Zentz, each earned "Excellent" ratings, the second-highest rating given.

Zentz said he was pleased with how his students fared at the competition.

"We were happy with how we did," he said. "We're not quite at the 'Superior' level so there is still room for improvement."

Thursday's concert will open with music performed at the recent competition. Following those pieces the groups will perform the Broadway songs.

Zentz said a number of students who have earned All-State recognition this year will also perform solos at Thursday's concert. Zentz said he encouraged people to attend the free performance.

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