Academy Orchestra and Band Concert

Claps from the Audience intermingled with the lively rhythms of the strings and winds as the Phillips Academy Band and Orchestras took the stage of Cochran Chapel last Friday evening.

The L’Insieme di Martedi Sera ensemble, more commonly known as the Tuesday Band, opened the evening with “The Great Locomotive Chase” by Robert W. Smith.

Combining high, folksong-like notes of the recorder with the swift movement of the strings, the Corelli Ensemble, one of Andover’s three classical instruments ensembles, performed the first three movements of Georg Philipp Telemann’s “Concerto in C Major.”

The Amadeus Ensemble performed next with Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings, Op. 48,” a piece filled with fluid, interchanging notes between violin, cello and viola.

The Academy Concert Band, brought other-world feelings to the Chapel with a performance of the song “Jupiter” by Gustav Holst, with lively rhythm and unexpected bursts of brass and percussion.

After a brief pause, the Academy Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble consisting of only string players, performed the first movement of “Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22” by Antonin Dvoräk.

The Academy Symphony Orchestra, consisting of players from Chamber, Amadeus and Corelli Orchestras, performed two distinct pieces. The Symphony Orchestra’s rendition of “Prelude to Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck was a hit among the players and the audience due to its lively tone reminiscent of the childhood fairytale.

“I felt within the piece. There was a very diverse sampling of styles and speeds. The beginning of the piece showcased some beautiful French horn and woodwind melodies followed by some passages that highlighted the talent of our string section,” said Ryan Miller ’14, an oboe player who performed in the Concert.

The final performance of the night, “Eijen a Magya, Polka Schnell, Op. 332” by Johann Strauss Jr., evoked enthusiasm from the audience as Orent invited them to clap along with the quick tempo.

“Their participation really made the concert amusing to be part of, whether you were playing or just in the audience. The violin part was definitely fast and furious. We started rehearsing the piece about two weeks into the school year, and we practically rehearsed it every rehearsal since, gradually increasing the tempo until we got it to concert speed,” said Charles Stacy ’16.