Winter Concert Previews


String orchestra rehearses during 2nd period

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Orchestra: Thursday, December 11 

The University High School (UHS) orchestra groups under the direction of Mrs. Grace Lee (Visual and Performing Arts Dept.)  will perform their Winter Orchestra Concert on the night of Thursday, December 11 at 7:00 PM in the big theater.
Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugFeaturing a variety of well-known holiday pieces such as “Trepak” from the famous ballet The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky and the light and lively “Sleigh Ride” (complete with wind and percussion accompaniment) composed by Leroy Anderson, the concert “will be full of holiday classics” to help us get into the holiday spirit, Mrs. Lee said.
Orchestra students are excited to play the fun holiday pieces they have been preparing for four weeks. Max Gallardo (Jr.), a violinist of Concert Orchestra, said, “I don’t want to spoil anything, but there are a lot of really amazing pieces. My favorite out of the pieces my group is playing would have to be Snowflake. Even though it feels incredibly slow to play during solo practice, once the orchestra comes together you can truly feel how beautiful the piece sounds.” Complete with holiday treats at the traditional after-concert reception, the orchestra concert offers the perfect blend of exciting and emotionally moving repertoire as an opening to two weeks of arts concerts. Admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults at the door.

Choir: Tuesday, December 16

Next on the list of upcoming performing arts concerts is the annual Winter Choir Concert, coming up on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. In anticipation of a great show, Mr. Justin Olvey (Visual and Performing Arts Dept.) said, “This year’s concert theme is going to be ‘Winter Wonderland,’ and we are going to be doing Christmas songs, like ‘Sleigh Ride,’ by Leroy Anderson, and Hanukkah songs, like ‘Hanukkah Shalom’, by Stephen Schwartz, as well as other classic wintery songs. We even have soloists singing ‘Back to December,’ amongst other fun and contemporary songs. We’re also going to have carolers singing in the parking lots as people arrive. I think it’s going to be a really fun night.” Ryan Nicholson (Sr.) of Madrigals, agrees with Olvey and said, “[The concert] is mainly to show everyone what we can do… I think the performance is going to be great, all of the choir periods have been working really hard, and the groups and solos sound amazing as well.”
Come out next Tuesday to the big theater, support your fellow peers and revel in a night of harmonic music and cheerful holiday spirit.  Admission is $5 if tickets are bought beforehand, $6 at the door with an ASB card and $7 without an ASB Card.

Band: Thursday, December 18

Lastly, the bands will end the week of winter concerts by performing on Thursday, December 18 at 7:00 PM. Students are especially excited to participate because it is the first time the program has played an entire set of holiday music.  Corey Heddon (Visual and Performing Arts Dept.) said, “The holiday music we are playing has a lot of chorale style compositions, which is a wonderful educational tool for our music students.  I almost feel as if this chorale style is something we have been missing in our program.  The students are learning how to play the style, as well as listen to each other in a more meaningful way since the music is so solid.”  After the addition of a fall concert in October, the bands were able to add holiday music into their winter concert. Nikki Tyagi (Jr.), a member of Symphonic Band, says “I think that the winter holiday concert is a really fun idea and I’m excited for it since it’s the first time. It’s a really great way to get everyone into the holiday spirit.”Admission is $5 per person and $10 per family.