Although this is old news already (it happened last Saturday), our orchestra won 1st place in our division at the Northwest Orchestra Festival at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR! This is especially encouraging because we won despite having 9 of our 35 members missing due to the science fair.
We all played stupendously and totally blew away the competition with our quatro-quartet playlist:
- Vivaldi: Largo and Allegro from Concerto in C Minor for Strings and Cembalo, F.XI., No. 8
- Elgar: Allegro Piacevole from Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 20
- Shostakovich: Allegro Molto from String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110
- Beethoven: Allegro from Quartet No. 4, Op. 18
I’ve already written several times (not necessarily on this blog) about how the Shostakovich Quartet No. 8 is the most awesome, raw, and honest piece of music I have ever played. This was the last piece we played in the final matchup with another orchestra for the first place prize. I went all out, as I hope all of our musicians did. The entire piece is blastissimo. This is music written with the blood and tears of all who have suffered.
The district competition is on the 15th. It should be a breeze.