Tuesday November 15, 2011 the orchestra classes had their first concert of the year, and Mr. Pesky took the initiative to try something new and combined all four of his orchestra classes for one of the pieces. This was a unique thing for the students to experience because it has never been done that way before. As an orchestra student, I heard a couple of mistakes but none that were too noticeable to non-musicians. These flaws came from all the groups but the audience gave us praise for our performances.
The Concert Orchestra played two selections. One of them was composed by Johan Sebastian Bach; this piece happened to be The Brandenburg Concerto. The entire piece is made up of several movements, but this orchestra only played two of them. They also played Moods of a Shakers Hymn, arranged by Harry A. Alshin. While the Concert Orchestra mainly consists of freshmen, there were several amazing aspects of the performance, including widely diverse dynamic changes. This group included the students from both Capital High and Helena High.
The Chamber Orchestra was also combined between the two schools. This orchestra played Bach’s Fugue in G Minor; this piece was a little difficult but went smoothly. I enjoyed playing this piece because it required us as an orchestra to really listen to each other to adjust our dynamics and to watch Mr. Pesky. The second piece we played was Joseph Hayden’s Symphony 88 in G Major. This piece is very beautiful if you get the style right, but if you mess up the style, the whole piece does not sound right. It was definitely one of the most frustrating pieces that we had to learn but sounded amazing according to several of the parents.
Next, all of the orchestras combined to play tunes from Fiddler on the Roof. None of the orchestras practiced with each other before the concert, but this was not noticeable because it sounded nearly perfect.
After the combined group, the Wire Choir played a couple of fiddle tunes. This class consists of violins, guitars, a banjo, and an electric bass and it is offered as a zero period class. If you are interested in joining your style with that of several peers this may be a class you would enjoy because it is quite a group to listen to.
This concert was a job well done, ending on a good note. I hope there are more surprises in the concerts to come.