Upper School Orchestra plays with experience. (Riley Hennessy’20/Media)
The Orchestra Concert on Wednesday, May 1, was the culmination of all the hard work the middle and upper school orchestra members have put in this school year.
The 6th grade orchestra group kicked off the night with a piece written by Béla Bartók, a prominent Hungarian composer of the 20th century. The 7th and 8th grade orchestras followed with a variety of pieces that covered music genres ranging from classical to electronic.
Next, the Upper School Orchestra took the stage, performing Themes from the Moldau by Bedrich Smetana, Ruminations by Sean O’Loughlin, and a mix of Lady Gaga’s songs arranged by Larry Moore.
Mr. Wong recognized seniors Ginnie Ma, Eric Menq, Harry Mills, Tani Obikunle, Cole Raiken, Camille Reeves, Suriya Sundaram, and Aden Weiser, as well the musicians who had lettered. Ginnie Ma received The National School Orchestra Award, which acknowledges high school orchestra musicians across the US for their excellence in playing and contributions.
After the program’s brief interlude in the program came the senior solo performances. Camille Reeves played Partita No. 1 in D Minor on the violin, and Ginnie Ma’19 played Etude Op. 10 No. 8 in F Major on the piano.
The Upper School Advanced Orchestra closed out the night on a strong note with four pieces: Styres’ Rally, Musetta’s Waltz, Lyric Metal, and Palladio.