Orchestras from all three campuses played together in April during the spring concert, held in the Bucknall campus gym. Louis Hoffman led the Lower School String Ensemble and Lower School Orchestra through classic pieces by composers such as Pachelbel, Bach and Tchaikovsky, while Chris Florio conducted the Gr. 6 Orchestra and Gr. 7-8 Orchestra as they performed selections from Beethoven, Debussy, Vaughan Williams and more.
At this event the lower school and Gr. 6 orchestras collaborated on a rendition of “Ancient Aires and Dances” by Ottorino Respighi. Later, the upper school Harker School Orchestra, under Florio’s direction, performed works by Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and others. Highlights of this portion of the program were solo performances by two graduating seniors, violinist Sonya Huang on Camille Saint-Saens’ “Dance Macabre, Op. 40” and cellist Julia Shim on Edward Elgar’s “Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85.”