Central High School Music Department’s Winter Concert, which was held on December 22, 2015, was one to remember. The concert showcased the department’s many ensembles and groups; including the concert choir, the full choir, the Madrigal Singers, the jazz band, concert band, string orchestra, and symphony orchestra.
Led by Scott Garvin (271), the full choir opened the concert with beautiful renditions of “Set Me As A Seal Upon Your Heart” and “Carol of the Bells.” Then the concert choir performed “Ave Verum Corpus” and the crowd favorite, “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Director Garvin had been nervous about the concert choir’s performance of the holiday classic since the students had limited practice time; fortunately, the choir pulled through and gave an excellent performance. What seemed to be a normal rendition of the carol turned out to be an arrangement of multiple Christmas tunes in addition to the “Twelve Days of Christmas.”
After the choirs’ performances, the jazz band and concert band, both directed by Central music teacher Michael Franchetti, took the stage. Another crowd favorite, “Embraceable You,” was performed by the jazz band with Kynobei Simpson (276) on the tenor sax and Erika Nolan (275) as the lead vocalist. There was a brief intermission afterwards.
For the second half of the night, the string orchestra, the symphony orchestra, and dual performances from both the choir and orchestra had things lined up to make the night truly unforgettable. The string and symphony orchestras were directed by none other than music department head, Benjamin Blazer. The collaboration between the choir and orchestra to perform the final “Hallelujah” chorus was outstanding. The concert ended with the alumni, students, and the choir, standing together for the school song.
This year’s selections showcased variety, complexity, and brilliance. After months of rehearsals, the music department’s efforts paid off in this unforgettable concert.
“It was very exciting,” said Tim Nguyen (278), who played violin in the string orchestra and the symphony orchestra. The winter concert was his first concert here at Central. “I think we worked very hard and the outcome was quite successful. It was definitely a great experience that I look forward to performing in again.”
Eype John (275), a member of every ensemble and the president of the orchestra, was also proud of everyone’s hard work and effort to make the concert a night to remember.
“The Winter Concert this year was absolutely magnificent,” Eype stated. “It’s really amazing to see so many talented people come together and work really hard for three months to put together such an amazing performance. Every ensemble was exceptional. I’m so proud to be a part of such a talented group of people.”
The Winter Concert’s excellent performances, marvellous orchestrations, and sweet melodies were truly memorable and ended 2015 on a high note.
Amina Fong (276)