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Upcoming spring Orchestra concert tells unique stories through music

The spring Orchestra concert will be held on Wednesday, May 22 in the Shawano High School auditorium. Students will perform a very different variety of songs for the audience.

“We’re playing older music. It’s program music. It like tells a story. We’re playing one that goes along with the story like ‘Two Thousand Arabian Nights’,” sophomore Claire Gunther explained.

The orchestra tries to provide many different styles of music for the audience to enjoy. Each orchestra concert is unique in its own way.

Sophomore Macy Monfils stated, “We don’t just play the same styles of songs. Mrs. Sousek gives us like a wide range…So we’ll play like slow songs, we’ll play really fast songs, and that’s in like all of our concerts. None of our concerts are like the same and boring. They’re always fun.”

The orchestra changes up the songs at each concert. For this concert, the orchestra is playing different pieces which tell a story through the music

When asked about interesting aspects of the music, junior Payton Tullberg said, “The different styles that each piece gives and the time signatures give the feel of the piece with the notes that tell the story.”

Each individual song has a story and a meaning behind it. Students hope that the audience will join them as they tell the stories through their music. Students often look forward to playing certain songs and they enjoy doing so.

When asked about her favorite song to play, Gunther said, “In Concert Orchestra we are playing a piece called ‘Waltz of the Wicked’ that is fun to play because of the different style and rhythms it has in the notes.”

There are two different Orchestra classes. Some students are in both Orchestras, but the majority of them are in one or the other.

“In the high school here we have two, Concert and Symphony Orchestra. The difference is the playing levels as well as the levels of maturity in students that are needed for each group,” Tullberg explained.

The more advanced students are in the Symphony Orchestra, while mainly underclassmen are in Concert Orchestra. Students who are in both orchestras have more responsibilities and often help the underclassmen as much as they can.

“Concert is 9th and 10th graders, and then some juniors and seniors who are in both Symphony and Concert,” Monfils stated. “They’re like our section leaders. They help us if we have any questions.”

Each section must make sure that they play their part. The different instruments play different roles in the orchestra that make them sound their best as a whole.

“Separately in sound we are good, but when we are together it sounds good and puts the story of the music together,” Tullberg said.

The sounds of each section combined creates beautiful music for the audience to enjoy. Individual practice is required to ensure that everyone knows their parts and the music sounds the best that it possibly can.

“Each section has its own responsibilities…Our melody tends to get passed on between first violins, second violins, violas and cellos,” Monfils explains. “Basses are always the beat. Cellos and basses normally are the beat, but cellos do get the melody sometimes.”

This concert will be the last concert that the seniors perform in. With this being their last performance as high school students, they want to make sure they put their best performance out there.

When asked what made this concert unique, Gunther said, “It’s more emotional because it’s the senior concert.” 

The seniors will be missed as they are often great mentors for the younger students.