Pirates perform with Professionals
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The orchestra program hosted its 10th annual Side by Side Concert on February 25, 2016, where members of the high school and middle school orchestras played with professionals from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. It is the most popular concert of the year, nearly filling the auditorium every single time it has been held. ! ! This year the orchestras played an assortment of songs ranging from upbeat and fun to slow and relaxing, such as The Fourth movement from Dvorak’s New World Symphony to Mozart’s Andante in C. The professionals played alongside the students for every song. Also, Pinckney alumni Kelly Sulick, Professor at the University of Virginia, was flown in to be the featured flute soloist in the concert. The professionals helped to create a bigger and better quality sound for the overall performance.!
! Jacob Barnett, a senior violinist, said, “The concert is so unique. You can learn new things…they get to spend more time one on one with you and they can teach you better ways to play the music…it is fun to play and play with other people.” !
! In total, the four hour night, along with the sectionals held a few weeks prior, cost about $15,000. The concert had a great turnout and was followed by a standing ovation