Orchestra plays in pre-festival music concert to rehearse for KSHSAA State Festival

Orchestra instructor Jeffrey Bishop waved his baton as the symphony and chambers orchestra began playing Bach’s “Chorale Prelude (Wachet auf).” After just a pause for applause, they continued to play “Danse Bacchanale” by Saint-Saens.

String ensemble and camerata followed with the first part of “Passacaglia Death of Falstaff” and the second part of “Touch Her Soft Lips.” They also played “Baltic Dance” by Kirt N. Mosier.

This concert aims help prepare orchestra for the KSHSAA State Festival April 15, where  they will compete against other schools at Blue Valley West.

“It’s our last chance to play as a group in front of a friendly audience,” cellist Jessica Broll said. “It helps us prepare for contest.”

Symphony and chambers orchestra students bowed down to a standing ovation and applause.

“I enjoy the Danse Bacchanale the most,” Broll said. “It has a gradual build up which is full of energy and I think the audience is surprised by the robustness of it.”

While the crowd may have enjoyed Danse Bacchanale, cellist Von Schnorf said he enjoyed, “The fantastic crowd that gave me and the symphony a standing ovation.”