Sounds of spring: concert week

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Three consecutive Spring Concerts March 6-8 showcased the growth that has occurred in both the instrumental and vocal programs since the beginning of the school year.

This year’s string of concerts started off on a good note with The Sound of Spring vocal concert on March 6, which featured an original song, “How Can I Keep from Singing,” written by Choral Director Zach Halop and performed by Chamber Singers.

The concert featured a variety of instrumental accompaniment, including junior Elaine Chao on the French horn in Concert Chorale’s performance of “Set Me as a Seal” and senior Roddur Dasgupta on the tabla in Concert Chorale’s “Bonse Aba.”

In addition, Viva Cantar’s performance of “The Moon Mirrored in the Dual Spring” by A Bing was accompanied by guest musicians on two traditional Chinese instruments, the erhu and the pipa. The unique qualities of each instrument embodied the melancholy mood of the piece.

The tongue drum played by senior Daniel Lin during Chamber’s performance of “Selene’s Boat” was equally unique, creating a subtle contrast to the ethereal voices of the group.

The next night was the first half of the instrumental concert featuring Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony.

“The concert went pretty well and I enjoyed getting to hear the other bands. I always enjoy being able to play with Wind Symphony,” Wind Symphony oboist sophomore Allison Shi said. “I liked playing ‘Lincolnshire Posy’ best because although it was hard, it challenged us and we were able to grow as an ensemble.”

Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony performed their concert pieces, including “Lincolnshire Posy,” at a festival in Meng Concert Hall at California State University of Fullerton four days prior to the concert.

Eric Whitacre’s “Seal Lullaby” featured the percussion section of Symphonic Band, marking the first time all the percussion students were able to play simultaneously.

Part two of the instrumental extravaganza kicked off on March 8 with the String, Symphonic, Concert and Philharmonic Orchestras performing high-level repertoire, including Symphonic Orchestra’s rendition of “Barber of Seville” and Philharmonic Orchestra and Wind Symphony’s “Danse Bacchanale” by Camille Saint-Saëns. The combined group will be performing “Bacchanale” along with several other pieces during their tour in San Francisco this spring.

There’s more to come after the tour, however—Pops Concert week is coming up in May with a whole week of performances by both the instrumental and vocal programs.