Middle and High School Orchestras Use Artistry to Raise Awareness

By Lynelle Harding Nov 27, 2017

The middle school and high school orchestras performed an outstanding concert on Tuesday, November 21 in the YISS Auditorium. The evening began with the 6th Grade Preludium Strings playing “William Tell,” “Burst,” and “Wenceslas.” They were followed by the Sinfonia Strings (a mixture of 7th and 8th graders) who played music from movies, original pieces, and a fun performance of “Feliz Navidad.” The Chamber Strings began with a baroque work by George Frideric Handel and brought a touch of Christmas with two Mannheim Steamroller arrangements of familiar carols. They also played two exciting original works by contemporary artists called “Conquistadors” and “Forever Joyful.”

The High School Orchestras were each featured playing a work with an accompanying slide presentation. The ‘E’ Block Orchestra performed “Ice Sculptures” by Brian Balmages with slides of various ice structures and sculptures from around the globe. Jinah K. (10) was the featured cello soloist, and Brigitte L. (11) played piano. The ‘A’ Block Orchestra also performed a work by Brian Balmages called “A Solitary Wish.” The cello soloist was Katherine Y. (11), and the accompanist was Ms. Esther Jeon. The piece was written to bring awareness to homelessness. The slides shown during this piece were part of a collection of homeless signs presented by artist Willie Baronet named WE ARE ALL HOMELESS. Mr. Baronet graciously gave YISS permission to use the images during the performance. The evening culminated with the performance of the “Bailes Para Orquesta” by Richard Meyer. The piece featured two amazing senior violinists: Jocelyn R. and Gina S.

If you missed the performance or would like to watch it again, click here.

The next performance for the high school orchestras will be December 7, 2017 as they accompany the YISS choirs in the Christmas cantata, An Invitation to a Miracle, written by Joseph Martin. The performance will begin with the orchestra overture at 6:25 p.m.

If you are interested in donating to help the homeless, you can check out the Brian Balmages' GoFundMe page or visit Mr. Baronet’s page. We are grateful for artists like Brian Balmages and Willie Baronet who are willing to share their gifts and talents to help others.

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