Orchestra concert to take place after break

Chronicle Staff

In Chalmers 107, Dennis Cho ’09 leads a group of orchestra students holding non-orchestral instruments, the Korean drums. The group consists of 11, only three of whom have experience with the drums.

This year the winter orchestra concert will feature Korean Drums in their program. The concert, which is on Jan. 6, will be after winter break for the first time to alleviate the overbooking of the Rugby Theatre.

“Although we’ll have more time to practice, the downside is that there will be two full weeks were we don’t practice and all of a sudden we are holding a concert,” conductor of Concert and Symphony Orchestra Dr. Paul Ludden, said.

Ludden believes that the Korean drums will be a special part of the concert.

The concert program will consist of Concert Orchestra playing a piece by Giuseppe Verde and four pieces from “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky.

Symphony Orchestra is playing a Beethoven symphony, a few Chamber Orchestra pieces and one or two pieces with the Korean drums.

Tasia Smith ’08, who plays the piccolo and is part of the Korean drum group, believes that the move from December to January is not a good idea.

“I think it helps with homework, but nobody is going to practice over break,” she said.

 However, Smith is excited to be playing a new instrument at the concert.

“It’s going to be interesting and it’s going to be really different,” she said.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. and does not require tickets.