Orchestra plays original pieces in last concert of year

James Hur

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

“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 “In the Old Style,” by Léo Delibes, “Six Country Dances,” by Beethoven, and “Black Is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair,” an English folk song.

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

Wind Ensemble continued with Beethoven’s “Turkish March from the Ruins of Athens,” and Antonin Dvořák’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.

“Although it was one of the longest concerts I’ve ever played in, it was one of the most amazing and memorable performances we’ve had,” clarinet player Ray Kim ’14 said.