MHS chamber orchestra to perform the classics
By Martha Marteney-Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Mar. 31, 2011
The Manchester High School chamber orchestra and percussion ensemble will be performing a range of classical pieces on Sunday, April 10, beginning at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will help fund the orchestra’s participation in the “Festivals of Music” competition in Toronto, Canada, at the end of April.
MHS music department teacher Carol Maas serves as the director for both the full orchestra and the chamber orchestra. Thirty-six members of the full orchestra are selected to also perform with the chamber orchestra. The group selected the music for Sunday’s performance, which will include pieces by Vivaldi, Brahms, Bach, Handel, Mazas and Shostakovich.
Cellist Alyssa Peck’s favorite piece is the Shostakovich, not only because the cellos have a strong role, but also because the music requires more advanced shifting techniques. “It’s really great to be in the chamber orchestra, because we get to play more challenging music,” said the MHS junior. She is also looking forward to performing the same music at the adjudication festival in Toronto. “I think it helps, because we get critiqued from a judge who hasn’t heard us play before.
“We’ve been working on this music since the beginning of the school year,” explained violist Megan Sargent, a senior. “It’s going to be a great program, showcasing both individuals and the whole group,” Sargent said about the upcoming concert. She noted that being judged at the music festival in Toronto helps the musicians and the orchestra expand and further develop.
“It’s a benefit concert to help raise money for the trip,” explained Maas. “Of all of the concerts we do, this is my favorite, because it lets the students be featured in small groups.” The first half of the concert is played in recital format of duets and ensemble groups, and the second half is performed by the full chamber orchestra and the percussion ensemble.
Tickets for the concert are $6, and may be purchased in advance at either Beller’s Music, located at 50 Purnell Place, or DuBaldo Music, at 186 West Middle Turnpike, in Manchester. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The concert will be held on April 10, beginning at 3 p.m. at Timidity Covenant Church, 302 Hackmatack Street, Manchester.