The Saddleback College Wind Ensemble is dedicated to the promotion and performance of quality symphonic wind ensemble literature. (Saddleback Arts Department)
The Saddleback College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Maestro Yorgos Kouritas, presented their first concert of the fall semester on Friday at the McKinney Theatre. Many came to show their support and the winds definitely blew them away.
The program included Allelula by Randall Thompson and Leibestod by Richard Wanger. They also presented Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Sibelius’ Finlandia, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Poor Wandering One from The Pirates of Penzance.
The Saturday Symphony Orchestra is an event that is not afraid to trek into auditory mastery territory, playing works by Jean Sibelius, Mozart and Arthur Sullivan. Although not played with the same auditory perfection as its Sunday chorale counterpart, the Orchestra nonetheless gave a memorable and pleasing performance.
The highlight of the night was without a doubt “Poor Wandering One” from “The Pirates of Penzance,” in which a lovely Catherine Boerger gave a remarkable performance in singing the work to a tee. She was met with an ovation lasting nearly two minutes in singing the piece.
The night concluded with Dvorak Symphony #9, finishing the night in a timeless fashion.
In a Sunday event at the McKinney Theatre, a Sunday Psalms for Choir was held with much acclaim by its audience. Musical works by artists such as Johannes Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Leonard Bernstein were sung by the chorus with auditory excellence.
Its conductor, Dr Scott Farthing testified the intriguing and mathematical nature of J. S. Bach’s work, stating Bach ulitilized half-notes and full-notes as well as the alternating chorus of either men or women’s voices to provide an experience rivalled by few.
At 15 dollars a ticket, the Sunday Psalms for Choir event is bringing the joy of music in an affordable and enjoyable fashion to many.
Contributions bt Julia Mccloskey