On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Central’s String Orchestra hiked up North to Upper Dublin High School to perform a concert for fellow high school musicians in the region at Upper Dublin’s 6th Annual Spring Orchestra Festival Adjunction (SOFA). Fiddlers from Cheltenham High School, Lower Moreland High School, Upper Merion Area High School and Plymouth High School gathered to share an evening of musical festivities where each orchestra got feedback from a panel of professional judges and enjoyed the music that filled the auditorium.
Leaving the city during 7th period, the musicians packed their instruments and journeyed to unfamiliar suburbia. The musicians proceeded to ready themselves, tuning their instruments and warming up. Performances for SOFA started at 1:50 pm to 7:00 pm, starting with Upper Dublin High School and ending with Central High School. Saving the best for last, Central preformed three pieces including Symphony in D by J.C. Bach arranged by Van Vactor, Nimrod from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar arranged by Carlo Martelli, and Fuga Criolla by Juan Batista Plaza, closing the festival on a high note. Violinist George Cao (278) exclaimed that “it was fire!”
To end the night right, the musicians were treated to a pasta buffet where they enjoyed unlimited macaroni and cheese. The symptoms of food coma made the journey back to Central smooth, but cheers over exciting news of a snow day the next day could be heard echoing along the streets. Central’s string orchestra brought back a victory, receiving recognition and feedback from the judges.
Mr. Blazer, the Music Department chair, expressed, “ I think this was an enriching and fun experience for all the students involved. They got a lot out of the feedback the adjudicator’s gave to us and they had an excellent performance. It was a great event and I am really proud of the students and the work they did.”
Central’s musicians continue to participate in musical events, most notably the spring musical, Guys and Dolls, and the annual spring concert.
Nancy Zhu (278)