Orchestra’s hard work pays off

With the first of day of school just a memory, most students are back into a daily routine. The school district’s orchestras have been working hard every day to prepare music for the first concert of the year.

On Oct. 5, the high school, middle school and sixth grade orchestras had a combined concert at the high school, which started at 7 p.m.

The three orchestras have spent the first weeks of school preparing the chosen selections of director, Sarah Behal, to perform. Because of limited time to prepare, this concert was a preview performance, so parents, family members and other community members could see what is to come from the orchestra at future concerts this year.

The sixth grade orchestra has limited rehearsal time because they do not meet every day. They only have lessons and a large group rehearsal each week. Because of the limited time to rehearse, the students performed one song.

Their selection was “The Abandoned Funhouse,” by Brian Balmages.

Sophomore Thomas Biggs provided a piano accompaniment.

The seventh and eighth graders took the stage next with three combined pieces and one that only the eighth graders performed.

The first piece for the two grades was “Our Heroes,” by Susan Day. “Expectations,” by Larry Clark was up next for seventh and eighth graders. The last selection the two groups played together was “Storm the Gates,” by Alan Lee Silva. “Fire in the Bow,” was for the eighth graders alone.

The high school orchestra took the stage next to perform their four pieces.

“The Hanging Tree,” from “The Hunger Games” was the first selection for the high school students. The piece was written by Suzanne Collins, Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz. The piece was arranged by Larry Moore.

The next selection was “Starlight,” by Muse. The piece was written by Matthew Bellamy and arranged by Sasha Ivanov and Derek Stein.

“Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space,” by Richard Meyer was the third piece played.

To close the concert, the high school school orchestra performed “Shut Up and Dance,” by Walk the Moon. The selection was arranged by Larry Moore. Biggs added a little extra help to the song by playing the drums.

For anyone who missed the concert, the Lakeview, Kimpton and high school orchestras will be having an all-city orchestra concert on Tues. Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

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