MILLBURN, NJ — On Thursday night, Millburn High School Chorus and Orchestra members performed in their annual Winter concert.
Students in Chorus and Orchestra groups performed the pieces they began rehearsing at the start of the school year in September. Since the summer, music teachers worked to get students ready to perform sets of music at the level of professional ensembles.
Rehearsals took place every day during students’ designated music period. However, two weeks before the concert, students also had rehearsals throughout the school day and in the evening to make sure they had the confidence to play as cohesive groups with the new acoustics and layout of stage.
Chamber Strings, a small group of talented stringed instrumentalists, performed first, followed by Cantica Nova, the ninth grade chorus ensemble. Millburn Chorale and Symphony Orchestra performed next, accompanied by a group of band students. The concert closed with the Miller Chorus and a piece played by both the Chorus and the Symphony Orchestra, as per concert tradition.
Junior Ashley Wang, a clarinetist, described her experience playing with the Symphony Orchestra as follows: “when we all play together, I like hearing the layers of harmony that are created between the wind and stringed instruments and noticing how our rhythms and notes all fit into each other.”
The music ranged from classical to contemporary, including Brams’s Hungarian Dance No. 5 and “Rhythm of Life” from Sweet Charity.
This concert was also the first for Mr. Rodrigo Vega, who previously taught music at Millburn High School and now returned to conduct Cantica Nova, Millburn Chorale, and Millburn Chorus.
All the ensembles played beautifully and it was clear that the hard work from both the students and their conductors paid off, especially with the thunderous audience applause.
This concert marked the last of the 2019 concerts at Millburn High School, showcasing student musical talent that will only continue to develop before the next Chorus and Orchestra concert in Spring 2020.