The third annual EuroPop! Rock and Roll Show presented by the SUU Concert, Luminosa and Opus choirs tugged at nostalgic chords and a view through time. They played songs from the 1960s to present day and from all over Europe on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Heritage Center Theater in Cedar City.
Steve Meredith, former Director of Choral Activities at SUU, played the keyboard with all the different choirs, starting the show with “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance On Me” by Swedish Pop group ABBA. Meredith then took the audience on a tour of Europop history, starting in the ’60s.
In the ’60s, the audience experienced “La Mer (Beyond the Sea)” by Charles Trenet, and “Downtown” by Petula Clark. The ’70s saw the birth of the Eurovision Song Contest, where “Eres Tu” by Mocedades came from, as well as the rise of discotech.
The concert then went to the ’80s–and the rise of synthpop and hair bands. Both had influences on one another, and the songs that were performed showed both of their influences very well, from “Take On Me” by Norwegian group A-Ha, “Fascination” by Human League and “The Final Countdown” by Europe.
The SUU choirs and Meredith closed the show with the “Macarena” by Los Del Rio, and the audience finished a trip through rock and pop music history.
The work that the SUU choirs, the band and Meredith put into the concert showed well due to its execution and the way the audience reacted to the songs. The show also shed light on the wonderful history of music and its continued growth through the years and beyond.
Trenton Flager for SUU News
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