Concert features two commissioned pieces

In the final orchestra concert of the year, a combined wind ensemble played an original piece by Anderson Alden ’09 at the First Presbyterian Church on May 3.

“It was exciting to write for the ensemble since I owe a lot of my knowledge to Harvard-Westlake,” Alden said.

The event opened with Concert String’s performance of Léo Delibes’ “In the Old Style,” Beethoven’s “Six Country Dances,” and the English folk song “Black Is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair.”

A trio consisting of Irene Kao ’14, Lisa He ’14 and Nathan Szeto ’15 followed, performing Poulenc’s Op. 43.

Wind Ensemble continued with Beethoven’s “Turkish March from the Ruins of Athens,” and Antonin Dvorák’s “Symphony No. 9.”

A trio consisting of Alexia Le ’14, Sydney Cheong ’14 and Justin Yoo ’15 performed Mortiz Moszkowski’s Op. 71.

All 71 members of the orchestra then performed Howard Shore’s “The Return of the King,” which was featured in the “Lord of the Rings.”

For the concert’s conclusion, the Symphony orchestra performed Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1,” Ernest Bloch’s “Concerto Grosso No. 1” and Joan Huang’s “Lunar Jamboree,” a piece commissioned by conductor Mark Hilt.

“It was the most amazing performance we’ve had,” clarinetist Ray Kim ’14 said.

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