PUSD Announcements

PMS & PHS Instrumental Music Departments
Re: 2012 Spring Concerts
Date:Tuesday – Thursday, May 22nd-24th

Kicking off the spring concert season is the PMS Orchestra Concert on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012. Under the direction of Catherine DeVos, the PMS Orchestra Concert includes a 6th grade Orchestra and an Advanced Orchestra comprised of 7th and 8th graders. Jacob Rosenbaum, a junior at Piedmont High School, is assisting Ms. DeVos in the Sixth Grade Orchestra this month, and will conduct one of the pieces on their portion of the concert. The 7/8th Grade Orchestra will perform a range of classical pieces including an arrangement of Die Meistersinger by Richard Wagner and works by living composers, Elliot del Borgo and Bob Phillips. Phillips’ Classically Bluegrass is an upbeat fiddle tune that will feature the Bass section of the Orchestra.

On Wednesday night, May 23rd, the PMS Bands will present their Spring Concert, conducted by Andria Mullan. This concert includes performances by two 6th grade bands as well as the PMS Concert Band and PMS Jazz Band, whose members are from the 7th and 8th grades. Music on the program includes an arrangement of Gustav Holst’ Jupiter from his piece “The Planets”, as well as Meet the Flintstones and Baggy Pants Blues.

On Thursday evening, May 24th, the Piedmont High School Orchestra and Bands will perform the culminating concert of this spring season. The PHS Symphonic Band and the PHS Jazz Band, both conducted by Ms. Mullan, as well as the PHS String Orchestra, conducted by Ms. DeVos will each take the stage. The concert will feature a variety of instrumental music, including music by Rogers and Hart and by the popular composer of band music, Elliot del Borgo. Freshman Dylan Miller, a member of the PHS Jazz Band, will be the featured soloist on a beautiful arrangement of the jazz ballad Tangerine and on the jazz standard, “My Romance”. A highlight of the concert will be a performance by the PHS Orchestra of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto #23 in A Major with PHS senior, Michael Shi, as the piano soloist.

This will be the 2nd performance of the month for the Piedmont High School Orchestra, who just participated in the California Music Education Association (CMEA) Large Ensemble Festival, where they impressed the judges with their musicality and received a Unanimous Superior rating, the very highest score possible at this event!

When: All concerts take place at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Alan Harvey Theater on the Piedmont High School campus.
Cost: A voluntary donation of $5.00 for adults will be requested at the door. Students are free.