Musicians to compete at Disneyland

David Gisser


By David Gisser

The Symphony Orchestra, Concert Strings and Wind Ensemble, as well as Chamber Singers and the Wolverine Chorus, will compete in the Heritage Festival Competition at Disneyland on Saturday.

They will leave school on Saturday morning, compete, attend the awards ceremony and return late that night.

The Symphony Orchestra will play “Variations on a Korean Folk Song,” written by John Chance, who heard the original folk song while fighting in the Korean War. Concert strings will perform “Concerto Grosso” by Handel and Wind Ensemble will play “Summer Joy” by orchestra director Mark Hilt, as well as “Marentel,” a movement of the Romanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok.

The upper school groups have never performed in the Heritage Festival Competition before, although the Middle School’s Symphony and Madrigals have competed there in the past.

The Symphony placed first in the Heritage Festival of Gold in Chicago on April 13-17.

The festival “offers the kind of instrumental competition, adjudication and top-notch venues you can’t find anywhere else,” according to their website.

After each group’s performance, the judges will give each group suggestions as to how they can improve.

Between the performance and the awards ceremony the group will be able to roam Disneyland and go on the rides.