East’s musicians displayed their talent in the first week of concerts this year.
By Alison Smith
The East choral department’s fall concert on Saturday, October 16th showcased an incredible diversity of song selection throughout both the first and second acts.
The night began with an upbeat song by the entire choral department in Spanish. East Men and Treble Ensemble each sang a German tune and a more spiritual song. Treble Ensemble dedicated their selection, I’m Goin’ Up A Yonder”, to Walter Hawkins, an accomplished Gospel music singer who passed away due to pancreatic cancer this July.
East Ensemble, the department’s premier co-ed group, performed the most adventurous song of the night, a series of Inuit chants. The piece, entitled “Nukapianguaq”, began with rhythmic breathing and chanting, then expanded through chants and melodies of myriad moods and ended with drumbeats.
Concert Choir, East’s largest ensemble, finished the first half of the night with two solid performances: one called “Music, When Soft Voices Die”, and a South African folk song.
After the intermission, the concert’s pace picked up as the performances now included dance numbers. In addition to the East chorus classes, the second half featured our three a capella groups: the Alley Cats, the Chiefs of Staff, and Fermata Nowhere. Crowd favorites included senior Susan Cavender’s solo in “Ridin’ Solo” and Tyler Boulton’s solo in “You Found Me”.
The last song of the night was also a crowd pleaser. East Ensemble let down its hair and dressed up as hippies for their rendition of “Hair”, from the musical of the same name.
Preparing for fall concerts is often hectic, but the East choral department’s concert ran smoothly and displayed an impressive array of songs from all chorus groups.
By Jake Weinshank
The East Orchestra showcased its musical talent on Oct. 14 for the first time this year.
“It’s always a challenge to get a group of people who have never played together to develop a core ensemble sound so quickly,” said Ryan Ellefsen, orchestra director at East, “but they have developed a nice sound quite early in the year.”
Orchestra concerts provide a perfect opportunity to go out with a few friends, relax and unwind after a long day at school while you listen to your classmates play top quality music from musical greats such as Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. On this occasion the string orchestra masterfully played Symphony No. 2 by Anton Filtz, A Gaelic Overture by O’Fallon and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach. Afterward, the chamber strings executed skillful renditions of Symphony No. 6 by William Boyce, Mozart’s Turkish March, and the Triple Concerto by Beethoven. Mark your calendar for the next orchestra concert on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 in the East auditorium.