HMS Orchestras Perform Mature Pieces at Spring Concert

Neher Auditorium at San Marino High School was recently filled with the sounds of beautiful music played by the Huntington Middle School orchestras. The event opened with the Beginning Orchestra playing a rousing version of the “William Tell Overture” as well as Richard Meyer’s “Dragonhunter.”
The Intermediate Orchestra took the stage next to play pieces from baroque to modern. To add period authenticity, Michael Wang played the harpsichord during Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor. Diana Wang was the soloist for Jean-Baptiste Senaille’s “Allegro Spirituoso” featuring the viola. The Chamber Orchestra joined the Intermediate Orchestra to get the audience ready for St. Patrick’s Day by performing an Irish tune from County Derry. Then, the Chamber Orchestra took command of the stage to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 for the next 30 minutes.
The students had the rare opportunity to play alongside professional musicians Alex Miller (flute) of the California Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Minneman (oboe) of the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, and Paul Stein (viola) of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
For the grand finale, all of the orchestra students came on stage to wow the audience with Meyer’s “A Festival Rondo.” HMS music director Rob Folsom conducted the orchestras.

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