Musicians perform with a spring in their step
With a Greek myth, an aurora and a song for peace, Northwood music programs bid farewell to the cold days and cloudy skies through a series of spring concerts.
The Instrumental Spring Festival Concerts kicked off on Wednesday, March 1 with performances by not only the String, Symphonic, Concert and Philharmonic Orchestras, but also by Guitar I for the first time at a Festival Concert. The program included a variety of music, from Baroque to Contemporary eras, and also featured highly complex pieces such as Soon Hee Newbold’s “The Odyssey,” performed by Concert Orchestra. The concert was conducted by Northwood instrumental music teachers Ben Case and Whitney Tavlarides.
“A unique aspect of this concert was that we had an adjudicator who came and gave us feedback on our performances,” sophomore and cellist Angela Chung said. “As for Philharmonic Orchestra, we challenged ourselves by playing a Baroque piece as opposed to our usual Romantic selections. I feel that our hard work and effort this time really paid off.”
Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony performed in the second Instrumental Spring Festival Concert held the following night. The winds program featured pieces such as Clare Grundman’s “Little English Suite,” performed by Symphonic Band and John Mackey’s “Aurora Awakes,” performed by Wind Symphony, the latter of which was based on a riff from U2’s 1987 rock single “Where the Streets Have No Name.”
“Another notable song from our concert was ‘Festive Overture’ by Shostakovich,” sophomore and Wind Symphony flautist Ashley Hsieh said. “It showcased the technique and effort of our ensemble with all its runs and fast sixteenth notes, and I think it can be easily appreciated by the audience.”
Northwood Wind Symphony also performed their set for a second time at the Cal State Fullerton Wind Ensemble Festival on Saturday, March 4.
The Spring Concert Series concluded with the “Turn the World Around” choir concert on Tuesday, March 7, which consisted of performances by all the choirs. The vocal program included songs in a variety of languages such as Korean, Latin and Norwegian, and featured instrumental accompanists freshman Helen Yang, junior Alison Huh and senior Kevin Gao. Junior Colleen Moore also performed an Irish dance with Bass Clef, an all-male choir. The title song of the night, “Turn the World Around,” was sung by Chamber Singers at the concert’s close.
“If we’re going to have a future wave of wellness in the world, it’s going to come from kids,” Northwood choir director Zach Halop said. “And I don’t mean any kids. I mean Northwood kids because I’ve been around them. We will lead the change and we will turn the world around.”
Members of Northwood’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Viva Cantar and Wind Symphony will perform next at the IUSD Music Festivals today, tomorrow and the day after, respectively.