Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Online Concert Spring 2014

The school year is wrapping up and that means lots of Spring concerts!  Let's have a look at some really good recent performances from YouTube.

Up first is the James Bowie High School Sinfonia Orchestra of Arlington, Texas performing Avatar.  They have a very precise and articulate sense of rhythm, their intonation is really good and, best of all, they do some really interesting things with dynamics. Please enjoy:

Up next is the Prelude Chamber Strings performing Across the Wind. They do a fantastic job navigating the corners and emotional changes and technical demands of the piece.

Next is a rousing performance of Dragonfly, performed by the Marina High School Orchestra. Very precise ensemble playing. Nice job.

Finally, here's a slightly older video of the ISTA Honor Orchestra in Iowa and their intense performance of Agincourt.  I appreciate the musicality and the dynamics. The intonation is good and they finish strong. Nice job, ISTA orchestra!

A quick note to YouTube posters: There are lots of videos that I'd love to feature on this blog but I can't embed them if you don't check that box on the upload page. Please make your concert videos sharable!  Also, if you could include more info about the location, conductor, and date of the performance when you write out the video's info, that's nice to know too.  Thanks!


Deborah Carroll said...

Just wanted to say what a huge fan I am. My 5th grade orchestra just played "Hot Potato" and "Gargoyles" in their spring concert. Last time we played "Gargoyles", I recruited 16 cellos that year. Hoping for the same this year. As a teacher who doesn't always get to teach the most interesting music to beginners, your music is exciting and keeps my students as well as myself motivated. My only wish is you had more easy grade 1 music. But the music you do have is always the concert favorite and I so enjoy teaching it. Thanks!

Doug Spata said...

Thanks, Deborah! "Wait your Turn" is a pretty easy Grade 1 piece, but it's a little hard to find these days. Harrowland might be a good choice too. Also, all three of this year's pieces from Alfred Publishing (Winstride, March of the Wood Elves and Zuma Breakers) are for beginners or early intermediate players. They'd probably be appropriate for 1st year Spring concerts.

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