Standing Room Only At Spring Concert II
Appropriately, our second Spring Concert started with a
Fanfare. The Dudamel Brass Ensemble, led by Resident Artist Chris Schroeder, thrilled the audience with a Fanfare that took a surprising turn down Penny Lane. Next up, the combined Bernstein and Dudamel Percussion Ensemble, led by Resident Artist Tess Plotkin, had everyone bopping in their seats to Multitasker by R. Hicks. Then the Bernstein Wind Ensemble displayed their hard work and their musicianship with two numbers, selections from Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 and the very familiar and fun
Looney Tunes theme.
After a lovely transition musical selection performed by Alex Barstow on viola, the Bernstein Orchestra was ready to play. And wow did they play! The audience loved their first piece,
Habanera by Bizet and were on their feet at the end of the second,Dragon Hunter by Meyer. This piece is familiar to Conservatory Lab families as it was a favorite of the Dudamel Orchestra last year but this arrangement was a bit different, allowing for a brief and beautiful solo by Bryan Tran on violin. It is a true testament to the growth of these musicians and this orchestra under the direction of Conductor Levi Comstock that they could play such a challenging piece of music.
Ms. Plotkin brought the Percussion Ensemble out again to play
Cadence 3.0 by Campanelli and all were impressed with the students playing and the intricate staging of such a complicated piece as all the students moved from one instrument to another during the Cadence. The afternoon of music ended with three powerful performances by the Dudamel Orchestra led by Conductor Adrian Anantawan. After their lovely rendering of the Fourth Movement of Brahm’s Symphony No. 1, Mr. Anantawan prepared the audience for a new piece the orchestra was debuting: Pavane pour une Infante Defunte, by Ravel, a lyrical piece the orchestra dedicated to all the students and staff to whom we must bid farewell at the end of this year. The concert ended with fan favorite Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore and again the audience was on their feet in appreciation for the work of all the musicians and resident artists. A triumphal end to the school year! Bravo!