On Thursday, October 11, the YISS Music Department presented its first concert of the year as the high school bands and orchestras played a variety of music in a program titled From Bach to Broadway.
The high school orchestras, both under the direction of Mrs. Lynelle Harding, performed individually as D and H Block classes and as a combined orchestra. The H block orchestra started the concert with a powerful arrangement of Bach's "Toccata and Fugue" arranged by Matt Riley. It featured violinist Shelley C. (12), cellist Sam C. (12), and violist Justin O. (12). The D block orchestra performed “Amadeus Soundtrack Highlights" by W. A. Mozart, arranged by Larry Moore.
The two orchestras combined forces to perform three challenging overtures: Mozart's “Impresario Overture” arranged by Steven Frackenpohl, the "Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila," an opera by Glinka, and a contemporary work written by California orchestra teacher, Richard Meyer called "Westridge Overture." The final piece was written as a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s school.
After the intermission, the high school concert and jazz bands took the stage under the direction of Ms. Tori Palmer. The bands, each comprised of over 20 students, performed a variety of songs to display their many talents for the audience to hear. The concert band took the stage first, playing five pieces of varied genre and origin. Three of these songs featured solos by flutists Adeline K. (12), Hannah L. (11), and Haeli R. (10). One of the class favorites was the final piece, "Mission: Impossible Theme." This upbeat blockbuster soundtrack piece led smoothly into the sounds of the YISS jazz band.
The jazz band decided to slow things down with a classic Glenn Miller ballad, but by the end of the evening, they had the audience tapping their toes with their fast-paced finale, "Hotsy Totsy." The jazz band featured solos of a different kind, using the skills of jazz improvisation. Soloists featured throughout two of the jazz numbers were Ryan K. (9), Tawin T. (12), Sean L. (10), and Eric L. (12).
The orchestras and concert band will be repeating their performance of some of these works on October 23 when they travel to KIS for the KAIAC Large Group Festival.
To view the concert, click here.