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The Milton Measure

The Spring Orchestra Concert

by Ashley Koo on Friday, May 4th, 2012

The Orchestra practices in preparation for the Spring Concert (The Communications Office)

Students in the Chamber Orchestra, an audition-based orchestra, and the Orchestra, an orchestra open to all, have been working with Dr. Dregalla for the past several months to prepare music for this year’s spring concert.

The Chamber Orchestra opened the concert with three pieces: “American Elegy,” the three movements of “Symphony #103,” by Franz Josef Hayden, and “Zigeunerweisen,” composed by Pablo de Sarasate. Clarinetists Elly Day, Dan Kim and Genevieve Iwanicki also performed a short quartet piece, “An der Wiege Op. 68 #5,” accompanied by Kate Ballinger on the alto saxophone. While all of the student musicians demonstrated skill and passion, Karen Li (I) stood out during her featured solo in “Zigeunerweisen.” Li, who plays first violin, captured the audience with her confident and elegant playing.

The Orchestra performed next, presenting four pieces including “Wedding Day At Troldhaugen Op. 65 #6” and the “Second American Folk Rhapsody.” One of the pieces titled, “4 Minutes 33 Seconds”, composed by John Cage, particularly sparked the audience’s interest. The modern piece had no instrumental parts. Instead, each musician held his or her instrument in his or her lap and remained quiet for a total of four minutes and thirty-three seconds. During this time, the audience members were asked to embrace the music in “quietness” and observe the sounds around them.

As a musician in both the Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra, I can honestly say that performing for the Milton community was an extremely rewarding experience. Deirdre McGovern (III) shared her positive experience at the weekend’s concert, “I love watching all of my friends perform, and especially in concerts…It’s great to see that students at Milton enjoy what they do and are willing to share their passion with the community.” I encourage everyone on campus to take the time to watch future performances and honor the hard work of Milton’s student orchestras.

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