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    Orchestra Spring concert

    Post  phuynh on Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:24 am

    After a tedious month of school, students were given the opportunity to sit, relax, and listen to soothing music at the Orchestra Spring Concert without having to pay a dime.
    On March 30, Orchestra 1 and 2 was joined by Concert Band 1 and 2 at the North Gym for 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.to showcase their long hours of hard work and practice. The Orchestra Spring Concert has been held for years, as something that Orchestra and Concert Band members can look forward too for the second half of the year.
    Orchestra has the benefit of practicing since the beginning of the school year and performances such as the Orchestra Benefit Dinner. While on the other hand, Concert Band has only been given the start of the second semester. So Mr. Rick England has been holding morning practices at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays since the beginning of March. Warm-ups such as scale studies initiate the beginning of practice, and are then followed by a run-through of the concert music; if mistakes are found they’re immediately corrected so that the show runs smoothly.
    Although these musical ensembles can have their differences, one thing that they all share in common is the fact that their rehearsals are a combination of work and play. Junior Tammy Wong noticed that in Orchestra 2, Mr. Tom Forbes constantly “push[ed them] until [they] sound[ed] great” all because he knows that they have great potential. As a freshman, violin first chair Nicole Kim liked to work hard and have “fun at the same time” by being silly or just plain goofy.
    As the concert drew nearer, the atmosphere of these rehearsals began to become more urgent and meticulous; mixed feelings began to draw up on the concert. Freshman Yanzie Chow was extremely “anxious, but excited at the same time” because she would be able to share music with the audience, leaving them with a memorable experience. After being in Concert Band for three years, senior Felicia Choi’s feelings are a mixture of nostalgia and pride. Felicia reminisced freshmen year, feeling nervous and anxious as well. But she realized how much she has grown and matured since then.
    While on the bleachers, the audience first listened to a variation of songs by (?) Orchestra 1, then Orchestra 2, followed by Concert Band 2, and finished with Concert Band 1. Orchestra 1 performed the songs: Allegretto from “The Creatures of Prometheus” op.43, “Gentle Annie”, and the Dance of the Tumblers. Isolated from the rest were a violin and cello solo by_________________________. From Orchestra 2, the audience enjoyed the tones of the “Slavic Dance,” “Praeludium in D Major,” “Pastorella,” and “BWV 532.” Concert Band 2 performed some more difficult songs than Concert Band 1such as “English Folk Song Suite’ and “Flashing Winds.” (Still waiting for feedback about what concert band 1 is going to perform.)
    Varied expectations were set high and successfully met by all four musical groups. Yanzie expected a “good outcome” because each person was putting their heart and soul into that performance. Both Tammy and Felicia agreed that the Orchestra Spring Concert was a proper reflection of what Orchestra and Concert Band have been working on for the last couple of months.

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    Re: Orchestra Spring concert

    Post  phuynh on Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:57 pm

    After the tedious month of March, students were given the opportunity to sit, relax, and enjoy soothing music at the Orchestra Spring Concert, without having to pay a dime.
    On March 30, Orchestra 1 and 2 were joined by Concert Band 1 and 2 at the North Gym from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to showcase their long hours of hard work and practice. The Orchestra Spring Concert has been held for years, as something that Orchestra and Concert Band members can look forward too for the second half of the year.
    Orchestra had the benefit of practicing since the beginning of the school year during class and at performances such as the Orchestra Benefit Dinner. While on the other hand, Concert Band has only been given the start of the second semester. So Mr. Rick England has been holding morning practices at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays since the beginning of March. Warm-ups such as scale studies initiate the beginning of practice and are followed by a run-through of the concert music; if mistakes are found they’re immediately corrected so that the show runs smoothly.
    Although these musical ensembles can have their differences, one thing that they all share in common is the fact that their rehearsals are a combination of work and play. Junior Tammy Wong noticed that in Orchestra 2, Mr. Tom Forbes constantly “push[ed them] until [they] sound[ed] great” all because he knows that they have great potential. While Violin First Chair Nicole Kim liked to work hard and have “fun at the same time” by being silly or just plain goofy.
    As the concert drew nearer, the rehearsals began stir up a mixture of feelings and the atmosphere became more urgent and meticulous. Freshman Yanzie Chow was extremely “anxious, but excited at the same time” because she would be able to share her passion for music with the audience from this memorable experience. Just like Yanzie, senior Felicia Choi reminisced freshman year and how nervous and anxious she was to perform for Concert Band. But after three years of maturing and growing, Felicia’s feelings were “definitely nostalgia and pride.”
    While seated on the bleachers, the audience first listened to a variation of songs by (?) Orchestra 1, then Orchestra 2, followed by Concert Band 2, and finished off with Concert Band 1. Orchestra 1 performed the songs: Allegretto from “The Creatures of Prometheus” op.43, “Gentle Annie”, and the Dance of the Tumblers. Isolated from the rest were a violin and cello solo by_________________________. From Orchestra 2, the audience enjoyed the tones of the “Slavic Dance,” “Praeludium in D Major,” “Pastorella,” and “BWV 532.” Concert Band 2 performed some more difficult songs than Concert Band 1such as “English Folk Song Suite’ and “Flashing Winds.” (Still waiting for feedback about what concert band 1 is going to perform.)
    Varied expectations were set high and successfully met by all four musical groups. Yanzie expected a “good outcome” because each person put their heart and soul into that performance. Both Tammy and Felicia agreed that the Orchestra Spring Concert was a proper reflection of how much time and effort Orchestra and Concert Band contributed for the last couple of months for the outcome of the Orchestra Spring Concert.

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    Re: Orchestra Spring concert

    Post  phuynh on Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:38 pm

    A great way to end this tedious month of March is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing tones at the Orchestra Spring Concert, without having to pay a dime,
    On March 30, Orchestra 1 and 2 are being joined by Concert Band 1 and 2 at the North Gym from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to showcase their long hours of hard work and practice. The Orchestra Spring Concert has been held for years, as something that Orchestra and Concert Band members can look forward too for the second half of the year.
    Orchestra had the benefit of practicing since the beginning of the school year during class and at performances such as the Orchestra Benefit Dinner. While on the other hand, Concert Band has only been given the start of the second semester. So Mr. Rick England has been holding morning practices for Concert Band at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays since the beginning of March. Warm-ups such as scale studies initiate the beginning of practice and are followed by a run-through of the concert music; if mistakes are found they’re immediately corrected so that the show runs smoothly.
    Although these musical ensembles can have their differences, one thing that they all share in common is the fact that their rehearsals are a combination of work and play. Junior Tammy Wong noticed that in Orchestra 2, Mr. Tom Forbes constantly “push[ed them] until [they] sound[ed] great” all because he knows that they have great potential. While Violin First Chair Nicole Kim liked to work hard and have “fun at the same time” by being silly or just plain goofy.
    As the concert draws closer, the rehearsals began to stir up a mixture of feelings and the atmosphere became more urgent and meticulous. Freshman Yanzie Chow was extremely “anxious, but excited at the same time” because she would be able to share her passion for music with the audience from this memorable experience. Just like Yanzie, senior Felicia Choi reminisced freshman year and how nervous and anxious she was to perform for Concert Band. But after three years of maturing and growing, Felicia’s feelings were “definitely nostalgia and pride.”
    While seated on the bleachers, the audience will first listen to a variation of songs by (?) Orchestra 1, then Orchestra 2, followed by Concert Band 2, and finished off with Concert Band 1. Orchestra 1 performed the songs: Allegretto from “The Creatures of Prometheus” op.43, “Gentle Annie”, and the Dance of the Tumblers. Isolated from the rest was a violin solo by Nicole Kim and a cello solo by Calvin Huang. From Orchestra 2, the audience enjoyed the tones of the “Slavic Dance,” “Praeludium in D Major,” “Pastorella,” and “BWV 532.” Concert Band 2 performed some more difficult songs than Concert Band 1such as “English Folk Song Suite’ and “Flashing Winds.” (Still waiting for feedback about what concert band 1 is going to perform.)
    Varied expectations are set high and the only way to know the results is—to come savor the exquisite pieces of our orchestras and concert bands, Yanzie expects a “good outcome” because each person put their heart and soul into that performance. Both Tammy and Felicia agreed that the Orchestra Spring Concert will be a proper reflection of how much time and effort Orchestra and Concert Band contributed for the last couple of months for the outcome of the Orchestra Spring Concert.

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    Re: Orchestra Spring concert

    Post  hanarudolph on Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:40 am

    A great way to end this tedious month of March is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing tones at the Orchestra Spring Concert, without having to pay a dime. [not a very interesting intro]
    On Mar. 30, Orchestras 1 and 2 are being joined by Concert Bands 1 and 2 at the North Gym from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to showcase their long hours of hard work and practice. The Orchestra Spring Concert has been held for years, as something that Orchestra and Concert Band members can look forward to for the second half of the year.
    Orchestra had the benefit of practicing since the beginning of the school year during class and at performances such as the Orchestra Benefit Dinner. [so awk and point unclear] While on the other hand [you can't say while on the other hand; and what is your point of contrasting orchestra and band?], Concert Band has only been given the start of the second semester. So Mr. Rick England has been holding morning practices for Concert Band at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays since the beginning of March. Warm-ups such as scale studies initiate the beginning of practice and are followed by a run-through of the concert music; if mistakes are found they’re immediately corrected so that the show runs smoothly. [why the vivid description of band practice but not orchestra?]
    Although these musical ensembles can have their differences [you've only mentioned one so you can't have plural differences], one thing that they all share in common is the fact that their rehearsals are a [insert adjective] combination of work and play. Junior Tammy Wong noticed [awk verb] that in Orchestra 2, [insert title] Mr. Tom Forbes constantly “push[ed them] until [they] sound[ed] great,” all because he knows that they have great potential. While Violin First Chair Nicole Kim liked to work hard and have “fun at the same time” [not worth the quote] by being silly or just plain goofy [frag].
    As the concert draws closer, the rehearsals began [tense inconsistency] to stir up a mixture of feelings and the atmosphere became more urgent and meticulous [an atmosphere can't become meticulous]. Freshman Yanzie Chow was extremely “anxious, but excited at the same time” because she would be able to share her passion for music with the audience from this memorable experience. Just like Yanzie, senior Felicia Choi reminisced freshman year [why would she reminisce?] and how nervous and anxious she was to perform for Concert Band. But after three years of maturing and growing, Felicia’s feelings were “definitely nostalgia and pride.” [not interesting at all]
    While seated on the bleachers, the audience will first listen to a variation of songs by (?) Orchestra 1, then Orchestra 2, followed by Concert Band 2, and finished off with Concert Band 1. Orchestra 1 performed the songs: Allegretto from “The Creatures of Prometheus” op.43, “Gentle Annie”, and the Dance of the Tumblers. Isolated from the rest was a violin solo by Nicole Kim and a cello solo by Calvin Huang. From Orchestra 2, the audience enjoyed the tones of the “Slavic Dance,” “Praeludium in D Major,” “Pastorella,” and “BWV 532.” Concert Band 2 performed some more difficult songs than Concert Band 1 [obviously. you don't have to rub it in their faces.] such as “English Folk Song Suite’ and “Flashing Winds.” (Still waiting for feedback about what concert band 1 is going to perform.)
    Varied expectations are set high and the only way to know the results is—to come savor the exquisite pieces of our orchestras and concert bands, Yanzie expects a “good outcome” because each person put their heart and soul into that performance. Both Tammy and Felicia agreed that the Orchestra Spring Concert will be a proper reflection of how much time and effort Orchestra and Concert Band contributed for the last couple of months for the outcome of the Orchestra Spring Concert. [rewrite conclusion]

    [don't forget to change the tense of the article given the new distribution date (mar. 31)]

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    Re: Orchestra Spring concert

    Post  hanarudolph on Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:41 am

    Pamela, you need to start reading what you write thoroughly and out loud. the entire article is so plain and awkward that it's hard to fully edit. remember, you need to make this event seem thrilling and exciting. would you want to go, if you read what you wrote?

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    Re: Orchestra Spring concert

    Post  phuynh on Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:21 pm

    Although the setting wasn’t perfect like that at the Disney Hall, Orchestras 1 and 2 along with Concert Bands 1 and 2 put on a concert that transported the audience to an alternate, harmonious universe.
    On Mar. 30, Orchestras 1 and 2 along with Concert Bands 1 and 2 held the Orchestra Spring Concert, at the North Gym from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to showcase their long hours of hard work and practice. The Orchestra Spring Concert has been held for years, as something that Orchestra and Concert Band members can look forward to for the second half of the year.
    To Orchestra members, the start of a new semester meant the start of memorizing new songs. Like Orchestra, Concert Band was given the start of the second semester to perfect their music. Concert Band Instructor Mr. Tom Landes held morning practices for Concert Band at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays since the beginning of March, as a chance to have each section perform in unison to complete the ensemble. Warm-ups, such as scale studies, initiated the beginning of practice are followed by a run-through of the concert music; if mistakes are found they are immediately corrected so that the show runs smoothly.
    Although these musical ensembles can have their differences, one thing that they all share in common is the fact that their rehearsals are based on determination. In spite of fire drills, call-slips, and even the annoying sounds of construction, Orchestra and Concert Band members still managed to stay on task. Junior Tammy Wong of Orchestra 2 noticed, Orchestras 2 and 3 Instructor Mr. Tom Forbes constantly “push[ed them] until [they] sound[ed] great” because he is aware that they all have great potential. Mr. Landes knows that his “students want to be there and do a good job” so that they can perfect their musical talent.
    As the concert drew closer, the rehearsals began to stir up a mixture of feelings and the atmosphere became more urgent and tense. Freshman Yanzie Chow of Orchestra 1 was extremely “anxious, but excited at the same time” because she was be able to share her passion for music with the audience through this memorable experience. Just like Yanzie, senior Felicia Choi remembered how nervous and anxious she was to perform for Concert Band, freshman year. But after three years of maturing and growing, Felicia had feelings of “nostalgia and pride” for the concert.
    While seated on the bleachers, the audience first enjoyed a variation of songs by (order hasn’t been determined yet) Orchestra 1, then Orchestra 2, followed by Concert Band 1, and finished off with Concert Band 2. Orchestra 1 performed songs such as: “Allegretto” from The Creatures of Prometheus op.43, “Gentle Annie”, and “Dance of the Tumblers.” Additionally, there was a violin solo by freshman Violin First Chair Nicole Kim and a cello solo by freshman Calvin Huang. From Orchestra 2, the audience also enjoyed the tones of the “Slavic Dance,” “Praeludium in D Major,” “Pastorella,” and “BWV 532.” The songs Concert Band 1 played were “Amazing Grace,” “Celebration and Dance,” “Lead On, Oh King Eternal.” Concert Band 2 finished the night off with “English Folk Song Suite’ and “Flashing Winds.”
    Expectations were set high and successfully met through the exquisite pieces of our orchestras and concert bands; Yanzie originally expected a “good outcome” because each person intended to put their heart and soul into that performance. Both Tammy and Felicia agreed that the Orchestra Spring Concert was a proper reflection of how much time and effort Orchestra and Concert Band has contributed in the last couple of months for the Orchestra Spring Concert.

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    Re: Orchestra Spring concert

    Post  phuynh on Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:01 pm

    The setting wasn’t perfect like that at the Disney Hall, but Orchestras 1 and 2 along with Concert Bands 1 and 2 were able to put on a concert that transported the audience to an alternate, harmonious universe. According to Orchestra 1 Director Mr. Rick England, all it took was “a little technique, a little motivation, a little practice, [and] sometimes [the] sacrifice a freshman or two…”
    that transported the audience to an alternate, harmonious universe.
    On Mar. 30, Orchestras 1 and 2 along with Concert Bands 1 and 2 held the Spring Concert, at the North Gym from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to showcase their long hours of hard work and practice. The Spring Concert has been held for years, as something that Orchestra and Concert Band members can look forward to for the second half of the year.
    To Orchestra members, the start of a new semester meant the start of memorizing new songs. Like Orchestra, Concert Band was given the start of the second semester to perfect their music. Concert Band Instructor Mr. Tom Landes held morning practices for Concert Band at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays since the beginning of March, as a chance to have each section perform in unison to complete the ensemble. Warm-ups, such as scale studies, initiated the beginning of practice are followed by a run-through of the concert music; if mistakes are found they are immediately corrected so that the show runs smoothly.
    Although these musical ensembles can have their differences, one thing that they all share in common is the fact that their rehearsals are based on determination. In spite of fire drills, call-slips, and even the annoying sounds of construction, Orchestra and Concert Band members still managed to stay on task. Junior Tammy Wong of Orchestra 2 noticed, Orchestras 2 and 3 Instructor Mr. Tom Forbes constantly “push[ed them] until [they] sound[ed] great” because he is aware that they all have great potential. Mr. Landes knows that his “students want to be there and do a good job” so that they can perfect their musical talent.
    As the concert drew closer, the rehearsals began to stir up a mixture of feelings and the atmosphere became more urgent and tense. Freshman Yanzie Chow of Orchestra 1 was extremely “anxious, but excited at the same time” because she was be able to share her passion for music with the audience through this memorable experience. Just like Yanzie, senior Felicia Choi remembered how nervous and anxious she was to perform for Concert Band, freshman year. But after three years of maturing and growing, Felicia had feelings of “nostalgia and pride” for the concert.
    While seated on the bleachers, the audience first enjoyed a variation of songs by Orchestra 2,then Orchestra 1, followed by Concert Band 1, and finished off with Concert Band 2. From Orchestra 2, the audience also enjoyed the tones of the “Slavic Dance,” “Praeludium in D Major,” “Pastorella,” and “BWV 532.” Orchestra 1 performed songs such as: “Allegretto” from The Creatures of Prometheus op.43, “Gentle Annie”, and “Dance of the Tumblers.” Additionally, there was a violin solo by freshman Violin First Chair Nicole Kim and a cello solo by freshman Calvin Huang. The songs Concert Band 1 played were “Amazing Grace,” “Celebration and Dance,” “Lead On, Oh King Eternal.” Concert Band 2 finished the night off with “English Folk Song Suite’ and “Flashing Winds.”
    Expectations were set high and successfully met through the exquisite pieces of our orchestras and concert bands; Yanzie originally expected a “good outcome” because each person intended to put their heart and soul into that performance. Both Tammy and Felicia agreed that the Spring Concert was a proper reflection of how much time and effort Orchestra and Concert Band have contributed in the last couple of months for the Spring Concert.

    phuynh

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    Re: Orchestra Spring concert

    Post  phuynh on Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:24 pm

    The setting wasn’t perfect like that at the Disney Hall, but Orchestras 1 and 2 along with Concert Bands 1 and 2 were able to put on a concert that transported the audience to an alternate, harmonious universe. According to Orchestra 1 Director Mr. Rick England, all it took was “a little technique, a little motivation, a little practice, [and] sometimes [the] sacrifice a freshman or two…”
    On Mar. 30, Orchestras 1 and 2 along with Concert Bands 1 and 2 held the Spring Concert, at the North Gym from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to showcase their long hours of hard work and practice. The Spring Concert is an ongoing tradition that Orchestra and Concert Band members can look forward to for the second half of the year.
    To Orchestra members, the start of a new semester meant the start of learning new songs. Like Orchestra, Concert Band was given the start of the second semester to perfect their music. Concert Band Instructor Mr. Tom Landes held morning practices for Concert Band at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays since the beginning of March, as a chance to have each section perform in unison to complete the ensemble. Warm-ups, such as scale studies, initiated the beginning of practice are followed by a run-through of the concert music; if mistakes are found they are immediately corrected so that the show runs smoothly.
    Although these musical ensembles can have their differences, one thing that they all share in common is the fact that their rehearsals are based on determination. In spite of fire drills, call-slips, and even the annoying sounds of construction, Orchestra and Concert Band members still managed to stay on task. Junior Tammy Wong of Orchestra 2 noticed, Orchestras 2 and 3 Instructor Mr. Tom Forbes constantly “push[ed them] until [they] sound[ed] great” because he is aware that they all have great potential. Mr. Landes knows that his “students want to be there and do a good job” so that they can perfect their musical talent.
    As the concert drew closer, the rehearsals began to stir up a mixture of feelings and the atmosphere became more urgent and tense. Freshman Yanzie Chow of Orchestra 1 was extremely “anxious, but excited at the same time” because she was be able to share her passion for music with the audience through this memorable experience. Just like Yanzie, senior Felicia Choi remembered how nervous and anxious she was to perform for Concert Band, freshman year. But after three years of maturing and growing, Felicia had feelings of “nostalgia and pride” for the concert.
    While seated on the bleachers, the audience first enjoyed a variation of songs by Orchestra 2,then Orchestra 1, followed by Concert Band 1, and finished off with Concert Band 2. From Orchestra 2, the audience also enjoyed the tones of the “Slavic Dance,” “Praeludium in D Major,” “Pastorella,” and “BWV 532.” Orchestra 1 performed songs such as: “Allegretto” from The Creatures of Prometheus op.43, “Gentle Annie”, and “Dance of the Tumblers.” Additionally, there was a violin solo by freshman Violin First Chair Nicole Kim and a cello solo by freshman Calvin Huang. The songs Concert Band 1 played were “Amazing Grace,” “Celebration and Dance,” “Lead On, Oh King Eternal.” Concert Band 2 finished the night off with “English Folk Song Suite’ and “Flashing Winds.”
    Expectations were set high and successfully met through the exquisite pieces of our orchestras and concert bands; Yanzie originally expected a “good outcome” because each person intended to put their heart and soul into that performance. Both Tammy and Felicia agreed that the Spring Concert was a proper reflection of how much time and effort Orchestra and Concert Band have contributed in the last couple of months for the Spring Concert.

    phuynh

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    Re: Orchestra Spring concert

    Post  phuynh on Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:21 pm

    The setting wasn't perfect like that at the Disney Hall, but Orchestras 1 and 2 along with Concert Bands 1 and 2 were able to transport the audience from the nauseating North Gym to an alternate, harmonious universe. According to Orchestra 1 Director Mr. Rick England, all it took was “a little technique, a little motivation, a little practice, [and] sometimes [the] sacrifice a freshman or two…”
    On Mar. 30, Orchestras 1 and 2 and Concert Bands 1 and 2 held the Spring Concert, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to showcase their long hours of hard work and practice. The Spring Concert is an ongoing tradition that Orchestra and Concert Band members can look forward to for the second half of the year.
    To Orchestra members, the start of a new semester meant the start of learning new songs and Concert Band was given the start of the second semester to perfect their music. Concert Band Directors Mr. Tom Landes and Mr. Kevin Sherrill held morning practices for Concert Band at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays since the beginning of March, as a chance for each section perform in unison to complete the ensemble. Warm-ups, such as scale studies, initiate the beginning of practice are followed by a run-through of the concert music; if mistakes are found they are immediately corrected so that the show runs smoothly.
    Although these musical ensembles constantly bicker over the superior musical group, one thing that they all share in common is the fact that their rehearsals are full of determination. In spite of fire drills, call-slips, and even the annoying sounds of construction, Orchestra and Concert Band members still managed to stay on task. Junior Tammy Wong of Orchestra 2 noticed, Orchestras 2 and 3 Director Mr. Tom Forbes constantly “push[ed them] until [they] sound[ed] great” because he is aware that they all have great potential. Mr. Landes knew that his “students want to be there and do a good job” so that they can perfect their musical talent.
    As the concert drew closer, the rehearsals began to stir up a mixture of feelings and the atmosphere became more urgent and tense. Freshman Yanzie Chow of Orchestra 1 was extremely “anxious, but excited at the same time” because she was be able to share her passion for music with the audience through this memorable experience. Just like Yanzie, senior Felicia Choi remembered how nervous and anxious she was to perform for Concert Band, freshman year. But after three years of maturing and growing, Felicia had feelings of “nostalgia and pride” for the concert.
    While seated on the bleachers, the audience first enjoyed a variation of songs by Orchestra 2, and then Orchestra 1, followed by Concert Band 1, and finished off with Concert Band 2. From Orchestra 2, the audience also enjoyed the tones of the “Slavic Dance,” “Praeludium in D Major,” “Pastorella,” and “BWV 532.” Orchestra 1 performed songs such as: “Allegretto” from The Creatures of Prometheus op.43, “Gentle Annie”, and “Dance of the Tumblers.” Additionally, there was a violin solo by freshman Violin First Chair Nicole Kim and a cello solo by freshman Calvin Huang. The songs Concert Band 1 played were “Amazing Grace,” “Celebration and Dance,” “Lead On, O King Eternal.” Concert Band 2 finished the night off with “English Folk Song Suite” and “Flashing Winds.”
    Expectations were set high and successfully met through the exquisite pieces of our orchestras and concert bands; Yanzie originally expected a “good outcome” because each person intended to put their heart and soul into that performance. Both Tammy and Felicia agreed that the Spring Concert was a proper reflection of how much time and effort Orchestra and Concert Band have contributed in the last couple of months for the Spring Concert.

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    Spring Concert

    Post  phuynh on Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:43 am

    The setting wasn't perfect like that at the Disney Hall, but Orchestras 1 and 2 along with Concert Bands 1 and 2 were able to transport the audience from the North Gym to an alternate, harmonious universe. According to Orchestra 1 Director Mr. Rick England, all it took was “a little technique, a little motivation, a little practice, [and] sometimes [the] sacrifice a freshman or two…”
    On Mar. 30, Orchestras 1 and 2 and Concert Bands 1 and 2 held the Spring Concert, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to showcase their long hours of hard work and practice. The Spring Concert is an ongoing tradition that Orchestra and Concert Band members can look forward to for the second half of the year.
    In spite of fire drills, call-slips, and the tedious sounds of construction, Orchestra and Concert Band members still manage to stay on task, thanks to their teachers. Junior Tammy Wong of Orchestra 2 noticed, Orchestras 2 and 3 Director Mr. Tom Forbes constantly “push[ed them] until [they] sound[ed] great” because he is aware that they all have great potential. Concert Band Director Mr. Landes knew that his “students want to be there and do a good job” so that they can perfect their musical talent for the Spring Concert. Mr. Landes and his fellow Concert Band Director Mr. Kevin Sherrill even began to hold 7:00 a.m. rehearsals every Tuesday and Thursday from the beginning of March.
    As the concert drew closer, the rehearsals began to stir up a mixture of feelings and the atmosphere became more urgent and tense. Freshman Yanzie Chow of Orchestra 1 was extremely “anxious, but excited at the same time” because she was be able to share her passion for music with the audience through this memorable experience. A couple of years ago, senior Felicia Choi of Concert Band 2 would have felt the same but now her feelings were more along the lines of “nostalgia and pride.”
    \While seated on the bleachers, the audience first enjoyed a variation of songs by Orchestra 2, and then Orchestra 1, followed by Concert Band 1, and finished off with Concert Band 2. From Orchestra 2, the audience also enjoyed the tones of the “Slavic Dance,” “Praeludium in D Major,” “Pastorella,” and “BWV 532.” Orchestra 1 performed songs such as: “Allegretto” from The Creatures of Prometheus op.43, “Gentle Annie”, and “Dance of the Tumblers.” Additionally, there was a violin solo by freshman Violin First Chair Nicole Kim and a cello solo by freshman Calvin Huang. The songs Concert Band 1 played were “Amazing Grace,” “Celebration and Dance,” “Lead On, O King Eternal.” Concert Band 2 finished the night off with “English Folk Song Suite” and “Flashing Winds.”
    Expectations were set high and successfully met through the collage of exquisite pieces of our orchestras and concert bands. Thanks to time, effort, and early morning rehearsals, Orchestra and Concert Band members put on yet another unforgettable concert that perfectly reflected their dedication to music.

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