The brash sounds of the band danced with the mellifluous harmonies of the orchestra as the WCI Senior Symphony played with Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute’s symphony on April 20. Together they performed “The Raiders’ March” from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark during their last concert of the year.
The WCI Senior Symphony had been preparing this piece since the new year, after they had performed “Waltz of the Flowers” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to rave reviews following the winter concert.
Mr. B., conductor for the KW Symphony and the WCI Junior Orchestra, stated at the event, “this is the original score for the movie. What was played in the movie is going to be played here.” Many of the players agreed that it was a difficult piece to perform and master, but the hours of dedication received a standing ovation.
The Senior Symphony was resurrected this year by Mr. Piche, the head of the Music Department as well as the conductor for the Intermediate and Senior Orchestras.
Karina W., a Grade 11 violinist at WCI, remarked, “in symphony, we combine band in with the orchestra and we play more complex pieces with more instruments.” She, among others, enjoys the nature of a symphony. She explained, “There’s more to work with, like more sounds. I like that we get to work with other people we haven’t worked with before and we get to hear different sounds from different instruments that we’re not used to. It’s just an altogether different experience.”
The Senior Orchestra had also played one of their own songs for the concert: “Concerto Grosso” rang through the cafeteria with Ting X. on the piano.