Winter Orchestra Concert Provided a Spirited End to 2016

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Layne Barron

Lauren Insinger, Staff Writer

The Wando Orchestra’s performance on Dec. 15, was an eclectic event that served as a spirited way to end 2016.

 

Beginning with the Concert Orchestra, there was such a great Christmas selection. A “Christmas Symphony” composed by Fink was light hearted and full of all the nostalgia that Christmas has to offer. The piece was composed of “Angels We’ve Heard on High”, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, “Come All Ye Faithful”, and other classics.

 

“Stay, Stay, Stay” is a traditional Austrian Carol continued the evening with a mellow tone and slightly Christmassy and was a flowing transition. Also worth noting, was a solo done by Miniya Brown.

 

The Concert Orchestra ended their set with “Chapter One” composed by Nunez was different in that it wasn’t remotely cheery, but dark with an intricate melody and a clear presence of bass and a contrasting tone brought by the violins and violas.

 

As the night progressed, the Chamber Orchestra began their set with the well-known “Themes” fromThe Nutcracker” composed by Tchaikovsky and McLeod had the audience nodding to the harmony. The Chamber crew continued with another regal song called “Serenade for Strings” composed by Gustafson. The violas and violins take the cake with their swaying melodies and control of the orchestra.

 

The highlight of the night was “Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo 12/24^” composed by O’Neill and Kinkel/Phillips, also known as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s rendition of “Carol of the Bells.”

 

The final class, Honors, performed spring like songs including “Concerto Grosso Op.”, “No. 8 “Christmas Concerto” composed by Corelli, “Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34” composed by Grieg, and “Overture to the Wind” composed by Mosier. All these pieces foreshadowed a new year. All three orchestras grew and matured since their fall concert, with harder pieces and being able to play together more fluently.