In August more than 130 student musicians descended upon the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre to present the Pembroke Music Showcase.
The Concert Band premiered a new work written by Melbourne composer Edward Fairlie. Being Stardust sought to describe the Big Bang Theory and the creation of the universe. Using some interesting and engaging composition elements, it certainly was challenging to the students but it all came together on the night for an impressive performance.
The choirs continue to go from strength to strength under the direction of Charmaine Jones, and the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Choir and ‘li’l’ Boiz Choir were all received warmly by the audience. One of the highlights was the medley of songs by Karen and Richard Carpenter sung by the Concert Choir.
The Middle School String Orchestra performed the demanding In the Hall of The Mountain King by Edvard Grieg, ably directed by Ms Felicity Davies. The Senior Strings, after a stirring performance of Tchaikovsky, were augmented by French horn and oboe as well as the rhythm section to present part of Charlie Parker’s luminary recordings of Bird with Strings, recorded originally in 1950. Brandon Bartholomeusz gave a dazzling performance of the solo alto saxophone part in this demanding arrangement.
The second half of the concert started with jazz! Big Bands 1 and 2 both gave strong stylistic interpretations of classic jazz and funk tunes before the Jazz Choir amazed the audience with the classic One Note Samba. To close the concert the Symphony Orchestra gave a stirring performance of Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien before launching into the famous ‘Mars’ from Gustav Holst’s stirring The Planets. Wow! A great performance by the members of the orchestra left everyone in absolutely no doubt as to why this movement was called ’Mars, the Bringer of War’.
Outstanding performances from all the musicians left everyone involved satisfied and proud of their achievements on this wonderful evening.
Director of Music