Allen-Stevenson Orchestra Delights Audience with Musical Performance

A joyous evening of music was presented by the Middle School Allen-Stevenson Orchestra on May 8. This group of musicians comprises one of the largest Middle School orchestras for some time.
Headmaster David Trower welcomed everyone to the performance saying, “How special it is for the boys to be playing music like this. Thank you to Mr. Schrade for preparing them so well.”
 
Orchestra Director Randy Schrade ’76 explained that the audience would experience a time progression through the music, beginning with the morning and closing with nighttime.
 
The Orchestra opened with “Sword Dance”, a traditional piece that the boys love to warm up with, followed by Grieg’s “Morning” from the Peer Gynt Suite. Late-night dancing followed with Strauss's “Emperor Waltz”, devolved into Parisienne night life in Paris with the bawdy “Can Can” of Offenbach. “Give My Regards to Broadway” by George M. Cohan carried the listener across the pond to the NYC theater district, with the performance culminating in the musically ubiquitous “Finale” by Ludwig van Beethoven, really highlighting the boys' energy and joy.
 
Jennifer Altman, on behalf of the Parents Association, closed by thanking the Instrumental Instructors, Assembly Hall Director Jaison Spain ’97 for making everything run so smoothly and the wonderful School Pianist Aleeza Meir. “And of course, a huge thank you to Randy Schrade, who make this magic happen, and with this huge group of boys of all levels of discipline and ability. He does so with great kindness and patience. Our deep heartfelt thanks to Randy,” said Ms. Altman.

Click here for the program and here to watch the full concert.
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