EVENT An evening of Christmas music at NOEL 2012 was light and enjoyable
There’s a towering image of Jesus that greets you when you enter the St. Vincent Pallotti Church in Banasawadi. This proved to be the perfect setting for an evening of music recently. NOEL 2012, a Christmas celebration, featured a variety of choirs from across the city.
The Pallottine Youth for Jesus organise the event every year, with a specific theme. This year, the theme was HIV-AIDS (the day the concert was held also happened to be World AIDS Day).
On the whole, the event was marked by liberal doses of both solemn grandeur and fun. The evening first opened with a dramatic skit of sorts. People wearing tee-shirts named by the ‘sins’ like sloth and gluttony tugged away at the central character, who found himself chained by these creatures: a saviour appears at the end. The powerful rock-infused music screaming ‘Set Me Free’ and the dramatic setup ensured some impact on even the most impartial observer. And then, after that, the hosts came up and asked the audience to use a welcome clap (the five-clap rhythm we were all taught in school -- remember?) to greet new performers -- a simple ritual that made people grin and try to stay in sync while clapping. Other choirs which performed included the Everyvoice choir, which was debuting at the event, and performed mellow vocals-and-guitar music. The well-known Indiranagar Methodist Church choir performed classics such as ‘We Three Kings’ using soaring strings for background music.
Trebles and booming basses come together perfectly in the music of Reverb, one of the highlights of the evening. Led by Samuel Pereira, Reverb works predominantly on a cappella format — without instruments. The choir reanimated songs like ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ and even ‘Silent Night’. Clearly, one doesn’t need a large choir to be producing powerful music: careful, thoughtful arrangement, as in this case, made sure that each person’s voice contributed in the most interesting way.