by Erin Anderson, editor
This week, students graced the stage at the Victoria Conservatory of Music for the Small Ensembles Concert.
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble kicked off the night with two well-known songs, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Moon River” before delivering two lively, intricate pieces, “Tangerine” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” which they infused with a couple of holiday-themed lyrics.
The Jazz Band brought some funk and blues into the mix, with multiple solos and some complex melodies. From “Granada Smoothie” to “Blue Groove For James” by Hugh Fraser, the young brass musicians delivered most impressively.
The Concert Singers combined their voices for a few numbers, including a song from Hansel and Gretel. Their final performance, “Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day” was a fantastic use of their powerful voices and harmony.
A new addition to the annual event was the flute ensemble segment. From the balcony, a handful of flutists performed three pieces, beginning with “Tipan Szechwan” and ending with the festive “Christmas Bells.”
The Swing Band capped off the evening with five memorable pieces, from “My Favourite Things” of Sound of Music fame, to Santa’s in Town, a bombastic holiday number which was the perfect song to wrap up the last concert before Christmas break.
The next chance to see some of our talented singers and musicians will be on January 19, 2011, at the annual Large Ensembles Concert.