Orchestra to host movie concert
Intermediate and Advanced Symphonic Orchestra will perform at their annual â€śThe Magic of Movies and Musicâ€ť concert, which features songs from movies, Thursday Feb. 16 in the Performing Arts Center.
The intermediate and advanced orchestras usually perform separately for school concerts, but will play as a combined group for this performance.
â€śBoth orchestras possess their own sound, and by combining both orchestras into one, we [can] listen to each other. One thing Iâ€™ve noticed is that weâ€™ve brushed up a lot on our basics, which we never really worked out by ourselves. One of the biggest issues weâ€™ve encountered is that we havenâ€™t been able to play at the same speed as the movie clip is playing, but itâ€™s okay because everyone has to learn at some point in their time playing,â€ť Advanced Orchestra violinist junior Bernard Yu said.
Orchestra has practiced since early January for the performance and also included additional Â three-hour after school rehearsal sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
â€śThe pieces that weâ€™re playing so far are challenging, but fun. I feel that everyone is trying their best to make this concert phenomenal, and so am I,â€ť Intermediate Orchestra violinist sophomore Raymond Xu said. â€śThere is still room for improvement, like practicing to hit the right notes, as we sometimes are not in tune. However, I feel that we will do phenomenally well after we practice and perfect everything.â€ť
The orchestras will accompany their movie theme songs with a video clip from the film played above on a screen. The program will include songs from Harry Potter, Star Wars, â€śCharlie and the Chocolate Factory,â€ť â€śPhantom of the Operaâ€ť, Pirates of the Caribbean, â€śThe Prince of Egyptâ€ť, â€śAnt Bullyâ€ť and â€śGreaseâ€ť.
â€śWe almost didnâ€™t have enough time to practice even though we started in early January, [which] made me a little anxious,â€ť Intermediate Orchestra cellist freshman Ken Cheng said. â€śNow we are close to being ready and weâ€™re going to sound great for the audience. Theyâ€™re going to love being able to watch the movies while they listen to the orchestra.
By Jeremy Hsiao, Staff Writer
Photo by Brandon Win