McNary’s Music Celebration Lights Elsinore

McNary High School Performing Arts Groups held their celebration of music at the historic Elsinore Theater in Salem on Tuesday, May 3, in what is hoped to be the first of a new annual tradition.

Carlos Sanchez plays clarinet during wind ensemble rehearsals for McNary’s Music Celebration at the Elsinore Theater on Tuesday, May 3.

McNary High School Performing Arts Groups held their celebration of music at the historic Elsinore Theater in Salem on Tuesday, May 3, in what is hoped to be the first of a new annual tradition.

The Highlander Classics Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Advanced Symphony Orchestra presented a two-hour performance, showcasing each of the groups.

Once in their seats, Sean Williams, Director of Orchestras, welcomed the audience. He said bands manager Elizabeth Herring was the driving force behind the evening – a welcome performance after COVID has forced concert cancellations in recent years.

The evening began with five selections from the Highlander Classics, led by director Dr. Jeffrey Larkin. Voices filled the theater, followed by cheers and applause.

After a change of scenery, the Chamber Orchestra takes the stage with five pieces. Hannah Eggert was the star player of Girl with linen hair (Claude Debussy). Benjamin Standley on viola and Tyshin Nguyen on cello were the star musicians of October (Eric Whitacre).

Nguyen, a senior, marveled at the grandeur of the Elsinore Theatre, saying its acoustics were better than at the Ken Collins Theater in McNary, where the orchestra performs regularly.

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Elizabeth Herring, gave the audience three toe-tapping pieces.

The Advanced Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Williams, ended the show. They played three tracks, with alto saxophonist Sam Banton the featured performer on mourning song (MLDaniels).

The last piece of the evening, Peace be on earth (Miller & Jackson), saw the Highlander Choir lining the aisles to accompany the orchestra.

Tyler Payne, a percussionist, was happy to celebrate his birthday on the Elsinore stage with his friends. He also plays the euphonium and has participated in the popular Tuba Christmas held annually at the Elsinore Theatre.

The best part of the evening for Hannah Kuper, clarinetist and concert master, was performing with friends. “Everyone is friends,” she said.

Salem-Keizer is recognized statewide as having strong and sustained arts programs, particularly in the area of ​​music. One hundred and fourteen pupils proved Tuesday at the Elsinore Theater that the support was justified.

Victor Ceja warms up on flute during wind ensemble rehearsals at the Elsinore Theater for McNary’s Celebration of Music on Tuesday, May 3.Trumpeters perform during rehearsals for McNary’s Music Celebration at the Elsinore Theater on Tuesday, May 3.Sean Williams conducts the McNary Chamber Orchestra during rehearsals for the Celebration of Music concert at the Elsinore Theater on Tuesday, May 3. Dougie Howard plays violin during symphonic rehearsals for McNary’s Celebration of Music at the Elsinore Theater on Tuesday, May 3.

Comments are closed.