The Loomis Chaffee Music Department presented a Winter Concert for Orchestra and Wind Ensemble on Sunday, December 15, in the Hubbard Performance Hall.
Orchestra Director Netta Hadari and Wind Ensemble Director David Winer conducted instrumental music students in a varied musical program.
The Orchestra has been working on a “truly global” program according to Netta. “We start in Britain with selections from Peter Warlock’s ‘Capriol Suite,’ a twentieth-century interpretation of Renaissance music, followed by music from Mexico by Javier Alvarez and his depiction of a bustling railway station in his ‘Metro Chabacano,’” he explains. They performed “At The Purchaser’s Option,” a gritty protest piece about slavery by American composer Rhianna Gibbons, and ended the program with a combined force of winds and strings in an excerpt from Mozart’s dark and brooding “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor.”
According to David, the Wind Ensemble opened their program with a traditional and tuneful piece by Robert Sheldon, “West Highlands Sojourn.” As a counterpoint to the traditional composition, the ensemble performed the unusual and eclectic “The Cave You Fear,” by Michael Markowsky. “The percussion section [for this piece was] augmented by several Wind Ensemble members from other sections - the sounds and effects are... a bit scary,” David offers. The Wind Ensemble concluded their performance with music from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” and Leroy Anderson's original, “Sleigh Ride!”