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High School Symphony All-Region Orchestra

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On Saturday, December 12th, the High School Philharmonic All-Region Orchestra performed a variety of fascinating pieces. They were directed by Professor Edward Kawakami from Carthage College. The region orchestra began the concert with “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 op. 39” by Edward Elgar. The next piece that the orchestras performed was “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy. The last piece that the High School Philharmonic All-Region Orchestra performed was “Samson and Dalila Dance Bacchanale op. 47” by Camille Saint-Saens.
In the first piece “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 op. 39”, Edward Elgar composed the piece in the key of C major. It starts with the violins and percussionists creating a booming sound. The tone was well focused and it was evident that all members of the orchestra were listening to each other intently to produce smooth transitions and balanced dynamics contrasts. The snare drum helped transition the piece as it came in between many measures. The ensemble used very nice amount of bows and the combination of
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47” Camille Saint-Saems composed the piece in the key of C major. The song opened with the clarinets and trumpets playing in a pianissimo volume. The piece had Egyptian-like music, and made the audience believe they were in the Sub-Saharan Desert near the Nile river. The musicians’ use of style and phrasing made the audience feel excided and eager to hear more; however, the introduction of the French Horns, Tubas, and Trombones, wasn’t together and sounded very softly. When the strings came in, it helped the ensemble get together and made the song much more suspenseful. The musicians’ balanced the sounds well, as the strings and woodwinds didn’t dominate each other. The dynamics were well done in this piece and they played the Egyptian-style music very well. The piece ended very suspenseful as the whole orchestra was doing a crescendo and ended the concert with an enormous
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