The Henry M. Gunn High School
Choral Music Program
We hope you will join us for our first in-person, indoors concert in two years! The choirs are sounding wonderful and we can’t wait to sing for you!
The Gunn Choir
Jim Shelby as The Pirate King
Todd Summers as The Aging Tabloid Billionaire
Liz Matchett as Ruth
Hunter Johnson as Frederic
Banafsheh Hussain as Mabel
Written by Nancy Hersage
Directed by William Liberatore
Musical Direction by William Liberatore and Angelina Fitzhugh
Choreography by Gay Richard
Scroll down to reminisce about choir productions from previous years.
Gunn High School’s Choir and Staff Proudly Present
A Fifties Musical Valentine
Performances on February 11 and 12, 2020 at 8:00 PM
Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School
Don’t miss the original musical extravaganza ‘Heavenly Bandstand’ at Spangenberg Theatre, presented two nights only, Tuesday, February 11 and Wednesday, February 12, starring the Gunn High School Choirs, the JLS and Terman Middle School Choirs, and dozens of your favorite Gunn staff.
Get out your poodle skirts and hair cream and prepare to stroll, mash potato and doo wop your way down memory lane. Our heroine, high school senior Annette, has fallen asleep in English class. In her dream, she is visited by Johnny Angel, who is desperate to leave his celestial home and return, one more time, to the Top Forty. But in order make it back to earth, he will have to compete on Heavenly Bandstand. Hosted by none-other-than Ryan Seacrest, the competition features the holiest music of the 1950s. Johnny’s rivals include the King Himself, Elvis. Join the fun as Johnny battles for his place on the charts, Annette searches for true love, and the rest of us once again savor the sweet taste of American Pie.
The show is directed by William Liberatore, one of the Bay Area’s premier musical directors. Liberatore’s work is regularly featured at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, the winner of the 2019 Regional Tony Award. The script is written by Nancy Hersage, a winner of five national playwriting awards whose work has been produced in the U.S., Europe and Africa.
Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets, $20 for adults and $10 for students, are available online at www.gunnchoir.orgor at the door. All proceeds benefit the Gunn Choir Tour Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance to families so that all choir students can participate in the concert tour to New York in May.
Spangenberg Theatre is located on the Gunn High School campus at 780 Arastradero Rd in Palo Alto, just off Foothill Expressway.
The Gunn Choir Tour Scholarship Fund ( 2019-2020 )
The Gunn Choir is raising money for our choir trip to New York City in May 2020. This fundraiser makes it possible for every singer to go on the tour, and we are asking for your help to make it happen.
Who We Are
The Gunn High School Choir is 125 students from Palo Alto, CA. Singing in an ensemble is a transformative experience for these young adults, giving them a purpose and a community.
We enable every student to join our singing tour, regardless of their families’ ability to pay the full cost. The highlight of this year’s tour to New York City will be our performances at the Riverside Church, where we will perform along with choirs from around the country.
Despite perceptions, there are students in real need at Gunn High School. We are raising $28,000 this year to support 20 teen singers who need financial assistance to make the trip to New York City. The Choir will raise $8,000 selling tickets to our Gunn Choir/Staff Musical in the February and by singing at Senior Centers, Kiwanis, Rotary Clubs over the holidays. Every member of the choir is behind this Indiegogo campaign to raise an additional $20,000 to ensure that no singer is left behind. Even so, we cannot reach our goal without your help.
We are asking choir supporters to donate generously to make the tour possible for every student by supporting our online campaign goal of $20,000. Every member of the choir is helping to raise these funds to ensure that no singer is left behind.
Donors are listed in our beautiful programs, receive tickets to our shows and can (at the highest level) request a personalized concert by the Chamber Choir or a shared dinner with the choir directors.
While some schools send “club” choirs comprised only of those singers who can afford to travel, we at Gunn High School believe that this experience should be available to every singer regardless of their means. This scholarship fund supports those singers. Over the past twenty years, the Gunn Choir has traveled to Europe, Canada, Mexico, New York City and Disneyland, providing hundreds of families with financial support so their children can participate. Students say this experience is life changing – possibly the most incredible experience of their high school years.
Concert Choir – Hlohonolofatsa, arr. by Daniel Jackson
Concert Choir – Pilgrim’s Hymn, by Stephen Paulus
Treble Choir – I Went to the Market, arr. by D. Patriquin
Treble Choir – Jubilate, Rebecca te Velde
Chamber Singers – Way Over in Beulalan, arr. by Stacey V. Gibbs
Chamber Singers – Sednalo e djore dos, Sara Shakliyan