Voices of Fire to host Harmonic Convergence for Vocal Jazz Concert

Holy Family Catholic High School’s vocal jazz ensemble, Voices of Fire,will host Harmonic Convergence in the HFCHS Performance Center on Wednesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is just $5 and parking is free.

This select six-member vocal jazz ensemble has gained a reputation for its dedication to preserving the art of vocal jazz. Directed by Lucas Mattson, Harmonic Convergence performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada and has shared the stage with artists such as Groove for Thought, New York Voices, and The Real Group. Harmonic Convergence also serves as the ensemble in residence at the School for Music Vocation’s vocal jazz workshops help each summer.

Lucas Mattson holds an Associate of Applied Arts degree from Southwestern Community College as well as a B.A. in Piano Performance from Northern Arizona University. While attending Southwestern Community College, Lucas was a member of Voices Iowa and performed at Carnegie Hall in 1997, 1998, and 2002. He also performed at the New York IAJE conference in 1998 and the World Choral Symposium in the summer of 2002. Mr. Mattson is active throughout the country as a performer, arranger, and clinician.

Holy Family’s vocal jazz ensemble, Voices of Fire, is directed by Holy Family, Southwest Community College School for Music Vocations, and University of Wisconsin graduate Annelise Brown. More information about our vocal music program can be found on our vocal music web page.

Looking for more great music? Join us for our Contest Recital and Concert on Thursday, March 16. Admission to the recital concert is free.

Drama program announces spring musical

This May, Holy Family drama department presents a musical for the spring play: James and the Giant Peach. This funny and heartfelt production is adventurous and perfect for an audience of all ages.

The play is based on the popular book by Roald Dahl. James is a young orphan who is taken in by two evil aunts. He acquires a magical potion, causing a peach to become gigantic and insects to become human. James then travels with the insects on his giant peach across the ocean, undergoing many adventures.

The cast has a minimum of 9 people, but the theater director, Ms. Olson, is hoping for as many as 35-40 participants.
Ms. Olson’s goal for this play is to set a high standard for what will hopefully be a tradition of musicals at Holy Family. She hopes that this production will help students gain interest and excitement to participate in future plays.

Ms. Olson chose James and the Peach because the show has a cartoony yet approachable mood. It’s also an appealing production because not many people have seen James and the Giant Peach, so they have no preconceived notions about the characters or the performance.

Auditions will be in the Performance Center on Monday, March 6 and Tuesday, March 7 after school, followed by callbacks, Thursday, March 9.

There are also 4-10 roles available for middle schools students. Auditions for middle school students are on March 20 between 4-6 p.m. Anyone interested in auditioning should contact Anna Olson at olsona@hfchs.org

Holy Family’s James and the Giant Peach will premiere May 12 and 13.

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre Internationl (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com

by Mary Seifert ’17

Fire hockey finish best season in program history

By Trey Cavello ’17 Photo: John Grunow

Fire hockey made their first-ever Section 2AA Championship appearance on Wednesday night at Mariucci Arena. The Fire ranked 5th in the state, faced off with Eden Prairie, ranked 1st in the state and carrying a 14 game winning streak.

The team was seeking revenge for elimination last season in a hard-fought semifinal against Eden Prairie. Going into the game, Ben Almquist said, “We need to score on our chances and play strong defensively. We also need to stick to our system.”

The Eagles struck first midway through the first period when Spencer Rudrud found the net for EP. The Fire, however, were quick to respond when junior Joe Hankison tied the game on an unassisted even-strength goal.

Eden Prairie then took a penalty with around 12 minutes left in the second period. Senior Nick Michel deflected a shot from Matt Anderson into the net to give the Fire a power play goal and a 2-1 lead, sending Holy Family fans into a frenzy. Eden Prairie responded quickly when Casey Mittelstadt tied the game 9:23 into the second period.

After a scary moment, when Fire captain Matt Anderson was checked from behind and slid head-first into the boards, a 5-minute major penalty was assessed to Eden Prairie. It was divided into the second and third periods, giving the Fire a huge opportunity. It took the team a few minutes to capitalize, but Senior Mack Byers scored on an assist from Ben Almquist 30 seconds before the penalty expired, to give Holy Family a 3-2 lead.

Once again, the Eagles battled back from a deficit, scoring two unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead. With time running out, Eden Prairie took a penalty, giving the Fire an opportunity to pull their goalie and pressure the Eagles with a 6 on 4 for the final minute of the game. The team peppered the Eden Prairie goalie with shots, and hit a post with moments remaining, but were unable to tie the game before time expired.

Holy Family finished what is undoubtedly their most successful season in school history. They defeated some of the best programs in the state, made it to their first-ever section championship game, and won another conference championship in decisive fashion.

If not for their placement in the challenging Section 2AA, the team’s chances of a State Tournament appearance might have improved considerably. Regardless, the team left an impression on the Minnesota hockey community by taking the #1 ranked Eagles, winners of 4-straight section championships, to the wire in an intense game at Mariucci.

The Holy Family community and hockey program says goodbye to an amazing group of seniors and looks forward to more exciting seasons to come.

To see a slideshow of the game, check out the images by student photojournalists Claire Melander and John Grunow and their Section Final Slideshow.

This story was originally published in our schools online newspaper, The Phoenix.