IVC orchestra and wind symphony creates musical experience

Don Congjuico

The sound of music echoed through the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center Sunday, Oct. 7. The concert started at 4:10 p.m. with the first half being the orchestra performing five pieces of music followed by the second half with the wind symphony

With bow ties and dresses ready, the students and staff of the night’s event delivered a stellar concert for the guests in attendance.

An array of classics like Philip Glass’ “Arioso,” Thomas Doss’ “St. Florian Chorale,” and seven other pieces of music filled the halls.  

Dr. Stephen Rochford conducted most of the pieces in the concert. Special performers given mention in the program included Ha Young Kim, who played Aram Khachaturian’s “Toccata in E flat minor” on piano, and Keith Ransos, who conducted “St. Florian Chorale.”

Music student and french horn player Alexis Winchell, 19, music, said that the St. Florian Chorale was her top favorite in the concert.

“Besides being easy it was really fun to play so I thought that was great,” Winchell said.

Alexis will also represent IVC at the Music Association of California Community Colleges state conference in San Diego on November 14-16.

It took the symphony orchestra about a month and a half of practice to prepare for the concert.

The concert was a definite success since almost all the seats were taken.

Second violin player Regienne Apolinar, 18, loved the Les Miserables piece they played at the end of the first half.

“I thought it was unique and the mash up from one song to the next felt right,” Apolinar said.

Tuba player Daniel Gardner, 19, said his favorite piece of music from the concert was also St Floriane.

“Yeah that one was my favorite of them all,” Gardner said.

The concert ended with “The Free Lance” by John Philip Sousa.

At the end of each last note struck came a moment of silence immediately followed by applause. The concert ended and food was served outside the concert hall. 

The next time these musicians will perform will be on Dec. 6 and 7 at the end of this year. 

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