The Senior School Large Ensembles Concert this week was a hit from the initial raising of the baton. The choir, orchestras and concert bands entertained the audience with a variety of pieces at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium.
There were moments of brilliance: the choir breaking ranks, spreading themselves across the stage and encouraging the audience to clap and sing along to Hey Jude; our lead violinists hitting some purely beautiful, high notes that had the audience captivated; a great tribute to iconic band The Tragically Hip with guests Man Made Lake; and the priceless expressions of the water jug players as they performed The Great Steamboat Race (you’ll have to watch the video above to see what that’s all about).
Although rare, there were also moments where not everyone was in sync. It’s in these instances we admire the courage and skill of the students to have the ability to get back in time. These are very complex pieces with multiple changes in tempo and dynamics and even one piece with two melodic lines being played at the same time. They require months of commitment from the students and push the boundaries of their abilities to help them grow as artists.
What a perfect opportunity to build character and what an enjoyable evening it was!
View more images from the Large Ensembles Concert on the SMUS Photo Gallery.