Upper School Symphonic and Contemporary Ensembles
Upper School student musicians shared the fruits of their semester-long efforts of music reading, collaboration, and organization during Seven Hills Upper School Symphonic and Contemporary ensembles concert in early December. The Symphonic Ensemble played five arrangements, including “La Fiesta De Los Bravos” and “Scottish Portrait” by James Swearingen, “Legend of Queen Anne’s Revenge” by Robert W. Smith, “Ancient Carol Variations” by Chris M. Bernotas, and “More Cowbell!” arranged by Michael Brown. The Symphonic Ensemble concluded with a stunning duet performance by sophomore Andrew Yang and senior Max Yuan, of “Passacaglia – Duo for Violin and Viola.” The Contemporary Ensemble played five arrangements as well, “Street Smart” by Doug Beach and George Shutack, “Bohemia After Dark” by Oscar Pettiford, “Work Song” by Nat Adderly, “Knock on Wood” by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper, arranged by Paul Murtha, and “First Moves,” by Sonny Rollins. Instrumental music teacher John Rising applauded both ensembles of hard-working musicians, sharing that the students put forth much effort this semester to sharpen their playing skills and get in sync with one another. Rising also expressed his and the students’ eager anticipation for The Schiff Center, a center of arts and leadership, currently being built on the south end of the campus. Rising also mentioned thrilling news that the spring instrumental concert will most likely take place in The Schiff Center. Congratulations to the symphonic and contemporary ensembles, and to Rising, who also thanked three faculty members—Middle School teacher Sue Bone (clarinet), Upper School Dean of Students and math teacher David Brott (trombone), and math and science teacher Lenore Horner (clarinet and trumpet) for learning the music and playing alongside students.