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(she/her) Lilly Graham is a senior at West, and this is her third year on staff. Lilly is the Managing Editor for the print edition. Outside of school, Lilly enjoys playing tennis and spending time with...

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West orchestras present “Fire and Ice”

West High Chamber combines with Philharmonic and Concert Strings for the final orchestra concert of the year Dec. 18.
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Despite the chilling temperatures, West High orchestras warmed listeners’ ears with “Fire and Ice” — a program of wintery-themed pieces in Arganbright Auditorium.

Conducted by West High Orchestra director Jonathan Welch the concert began with Chamber Orchestra performing “Festliche Musik” composed by Herman Schroeder.

Philharmonic Strings then joined Chamber Orchestra on stage to play Chris Pilsner’s “Fireflight” and Jean Sibelius’ “Andante Festivo”. Then, all three orchestras — Chamber, Philharmonic and Concert — combined to perform arrangements of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Inverno” and O’Neil’s “Dreams of Fireflies”, also known as “On a Christmas Night”.

Orchestra student-teacher Caitlyn Valencia then conducted a piece called “Thundersnow!” by Katie O’Hara Labrie.

The orchestras concluded the “Fire and Ice” concert with a tradition by performing their annual winter piece: “Wizards in Winter”. The combined orchestra was accompanied by special guests Matthew Bernemann on drums, Randall Davis on guitar and Rich Wager on bass to add a touch of electrifying rock ‘n’ roll style.

Before the concert, all students of the participating orchestras stayed after school for a final dress rehearsal. Following the rehearsal, students enjoyed a free dinner from Luna’s Tacos, owned by a West High orchestra family.

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(she/her) Anna Song is a junior at West High School and is excited for her second year on the West Side Story staff. This year she will be the assistant design editor on print staff. Outside the newsroom, she can be found either playing the violin, listening to music, browsing Pinterest, napping or eating.
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