by Erin Anderson, editor
The annual Cross-Campus Strings Concert took a different turn this year, expanding its scope to include everything from the Baroque era to modern rock. Opening with selections from a classic concerto, composed by the distinctly Baroque G.F. Handel and performed by the Senior School String Orchestra, the concert went on to feature students from Grades 4-8. From Robert Smith’s elating “Evening Alleluias” to Shirl Jae Atwell’s dramatic “Drifen,” students from our Junior and Middle Schools delivered tight, professional performances of many challenging pieces.
The last number of the night featured the Senior School Orchestra alongside electric guitars, drums, and a synthesizer. Together, they brought a modern concerto, originally written for Eric Clapton by Grammy Award-winning musician Michael Kamen, to life. The piece was picked out by avid guitarist and Grade 11 student Brian Christensen, who contributed a strong solo on the raucous finale, alongside Rowan MacKenzie, Oliver Brooks, Andrew Taylor and Leo Marchand and the truly powerful orchestra.