What happens when you put 1,000 young vocalists from 31 high schools in one of the nation's great concert halls and ask them to harmonize?
"You're going to be blown away, " said Jeff Lin, director of choral music at Rubidoux High School.
That's exactly what happened last month at the High School Choir Festival in Los Angeles, where 25 students from Rubidoux High – decked out in tuxes and long black gowns – relished a rare chance to sing at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
"It was pretty breathtaking," said Mr. Lin of the hour-long performance, which featured 11 songs capped by a stirring rendition of "Purple Rain" as a tribute to Prince. "For all of (the RHS singers), it was the first time in a performance hall of that caliber." The Disney hall is world-renowned for its architecture and acoustics.
The RHS Chamber Choir is a seasoned team of performers who entertain at festivals, area high schools and regional venues such as Disneyland and Angels Stadium. The group's last concert of the year is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the Jurupa Valley High School theater. The program, open to the public, will showcase Disney songs.