Orchestra director Yves Clouzet remarked, “This concert gets only about 4 weeks of practice, and we have even better talent this year.” He intentionally chose more challenging orchestra pieces and discovered that the students worked well under pressure. “We accomplished some difficult things in a short amount of time,” he said. Aaron Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Soul Bossa Nova” featured the percussionists’ abilities.
Junior Natalie Boonstra performed a challenging Beatles medley of “Yesterday,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “Long and Winding Road” with the Teh Campanas handbells. She said, “We enjoyed the Beatles piece a lot, so we were motivated to work harder because we were having fun.”
The music department will perform its Christmas concert on December 12.