CHS Students Perform at Gov Baker’s Inauguration

The Chelsea High School choir group, led by Co-Directors Peter Pappavasselio and Cole Lundquist,
is pictured with CHS Principal Lex Mathews and State Rep. Brad Jones before their performance
at the inauguration ceremony for Gov. Charlie Baker.

When Gov. Charlie Baker heard the Chelsea
High advanced choir group Cantare perform at the Chelsea Soldiers Home Veterans
Day program, he was very impressed.

Soon after Baker’s office contacted
Performing Arts Lead teacher and Cantare Co-Director Peter Pappavasselio and
invited the group to perform at his inauguration at the State House.

Pappavasselio accepted the invitation and on
Jan. 3, 24 CHS students had the high honor of performing at the inauguration.

The students, attired in their black and
white formal costume attire, performed the song, “On Winter Mountain,” in front
of Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, and all of the constitutional officers,
state senators, state representatives, judges, and other distinguished guests
in attendance.

“The song denotes winter imagery, but it
ends with this feeling of peace and contentment,” said Pappavasselio, who
co-directs the group with Cole Lundquist.

A former outstanding high school and college

vocalist with a rich history in music production, Pappavasselio fully
understands the personal and historical significance of being able to perform
at the gubernatorial inauguration which is a quadrennial happening.

“It’s a once-in-a-career, if you’re lucky,
performance,” said Pappavasselio.

The
co-director said the group has received several accolades for its superb
performance that was captured live by television cameras from the Boston
stations.

Supt. of Schools Dr. Mary Bourque and
Principal Lex Mathews were able to attend the inauguration and enjoy the
students’ performance in person. Both administrators were understandably quite
proud of the students.

“A lot of people saw it on television and
it’s being shown on YouTube,” said Pappavasselio.

Next up for
Cantare is the district concert on March 20 at the Williams School.

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CHS Students Perform at Gov Baker’s Inauguration

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