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Joshua Iyer

Fall Orchestra Concert - 2012

October 17, 2012 at 2:37 AM

It's that time of year. Tonight, from 7:30pm to 9pm, we had our first orchestra concert of the year! Two middle schools joined Symphonic Strings and Chamber Strings - the uppermost groups - in a night of fantastic music-making. You know the pieces I played from past entries, and I just have to say that they went pretty well. I was especially proud of the ending chord in the Mendelssohn piece - it was just fantastic how the sound bounced around the auditorium. Chamber Strings played the last two movements of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, and when they did I was reminded just how much I liked him as a composer. Combined with the Wind Orchestra (Woodwinds, horn, trumpet, trombone, timpani, and other percussion), they also played "Danse Bacchanale" from the French opera "Samson and Deliah" (1877). Of course, this was written by Camille Saint-Saens. I do not know the full story of the opera (I must look that up sometime tomorrow!) but the piece itself was pretty amazing.
Overall, the night was fantastic. To top it off, it was my teacher's birthday, so we all sang 'Happy Birthday.' Now we're ready to start preparing for Prism - our Christmas concert - on Thursday. Prism's going to be a lot of fun because we're combining all the Fine Arts on a snowy night in December (hopefully). The finale of that concert - since I went last year - will be spectacular because everyone involved will be playing!

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