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Fall Concert a Scuccess!

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The John McCrae Music Department enjoyed a successful opening Concert this past Wednesday evening.  All the performers did an outstanding job, and over $250 was raised to help send the Jazz Orchestra and Elektric Band to Musicfest Nationals.

The show began with the Concert Band performing two songs, Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Moussorgsky, and 
the beautiful Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre.

Both pieces were performed very well, and hinted at the variety to come in the rest of the program.  Night on Bald Mountain was originally composed for a symphony orchestra,
and was most recently made famous in the movie, Fantasia.

Lux Aurumque was originally composed for choir, but Eric Whitacre arranged his own composition for Concert Band.  This selection will be a part of the Concert Band's 2010 Musicfest repertoire.

The following performance by the Senior Guitar Ensemble entailed performances of Classical Gas, Romanza and an arrangement of the Carlos Santana favourite, Evil Ways.  The fluid performance was highlighted by the soloing of Nick Hepburn and Dan "The Hammer" Hammermeister on guitar and Andrew "Andre" Borgan on double bass. 

The first half of the concert ended with a performance by the Jazz Orchestra.  They began by performing the ballad First Light which featured Christina PIcanco on the Flugel Horn and an solo by Ashley Kurkjian on the Alto Saxophone.  The Jazz Orchestra then closed off the first half with an energetic performance of Bob Mintzer's funk tune Bright Lights.  This performance featured improvised solos by Emily Burda on Trombone, Dan "The Hammer" Hammermeister on guitar, Nick Crawford on Tenor Saxophone and Alex Kurkjian on Piano.

The second half of the concert began with a performance by the newly formed combo, Quarrel of the Foes.  They began with a performance of Clocks by Coldplay which featured the piano stylings of Ashley Kurkjian.  Quarrel of the Foes finished off their set with a rendition of Josef Zawinul's popular tune, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.  This performance featured solos by Kristen Seely on Baritone Saxophone and Alex Kurkjian on Alto Saxophone.  A special thanks goes out to Spencer Parent who filled in on drums for this performance.  Quarrel of the Foes have done an excellent job learning to perform in a new style, and they were rewarded for their hard work by being allowed to perform an encore of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb once the concert was over.

While the Elektric Band was preparing for their performance, the audience was treated to a performance by another new group, the Clarinet Ensemble.  The ensemble did a wonderful job providing contrast to the program by performing lyrical piece form the Baroque era, Alla Breve by Handel.

The Elektric Band then performed two energetic pieces for the audience.  They began with a unique rendition of Alive by Pearl Jam.  This performance featured guitarists Yugo Brunet and Nick Hepburn.  The Elektric Band then performed an interesting instrumental tune, One In One Out by the Jeff Coffin Mu'tet.  This piece featured solos from Colin Kealty on trumpet, Yugo Brunet on piano, Nick Crawford on Tenor Sax, Nick Hepburn on guitar and Emily Burda on Trombone.

The concert ended with a second set from the Concert Band.  They began by performing a rousing version of Moventa by Canadian composer Andre Jutras.  This performance featured the percussion section and was certainly one of the highlights of the evening.   The crowd was then treated to a performance of The Lion King: Broadway Selections.  This enjoyable performance featured a flute solo by Michelle Lim, and a trumpet solo by Lauren Bromberg.

Congratulations to all the musicians who participated in the concert.  If this concert is any indication, it promises to be a very exciting and successful year in the music department!

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