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Madrigals stepping up to the bright lights, big stage

It could the biggest show of their high school careers.  The RB Madrigals will be performing in front of the Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria on Saturday, January 26.

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It could the biggest show of their high school careers. The RB Madrigals will be performing in front of the Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria on Saturday, January 26.

Nick Cundari, Staff Reporter

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All eyes are going to be on the RBHS Madrigals this Saturday as they take the stage at the Riverside Community Church in Peoria for the annual Illinois Music Educators Conference (IMEC). After months of practice and preparation, the talented choral group is ready to perform for a huge audience of respected music teachers and professionals.

Choir director Diane Marelli says the group will be performing for possibly the biggest crowd the 2012-2013 RB Madrigals group has ever seen. The renowned group didn’t get this opportunity by chance though; Marelli spent months preparing an application, vocal recordings, and most importantly the group itself for the chance to perform in this show. At this time last year, Marelli was convinced by a colleague that her beloved group had the potential to be recognized by the IMEC. After countless hours of work, Marelli received an e-mail in May that solidified their place in the upcoming show.

After receiving the e-mail, Marelli knew it was important.  “My stomach turned over and I got so nervous,” she said.

A new challenge suddenly arose. The Madrigals 2011-2012 group had been so good that it would be very difficult to match their skill and strength. Luckily, this year’s group not only matched last year’s group, but Marelli claims that the groups are getting better year after year.

Sophomore Louis Grigoletti said, “[The group’s biggest strength is] being a tight knit group. It really helps our chemistry.” Grigoletti said he was very excited for songs such as “We Rise Again” which he has a solo in, and the entire group’s favorite, a Portuguese folk song.

For the entire Madrigals group, Marelli noted that the past year has been “a rollercoster of emotions”, but she knows they are all ready and excited now. Although everyone had been nervous for months, Marelli said the mood shifted around the holidays, and now they can’t wait to perform one of the biggest shows of their entire lives.

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