RANDOLPH, NJ-The RHS Symphonic Orchestra performed at the four Randolph elementary schools this Thursday to kick off the holiday season. The orchestra wanted to inspire the younger kids to peruse music. “It was even better than I would have hoped for,” said RHS Orchestra director Eric Schaberg.

The orchestra, led by Schaberg, consisted of the Chamber String Orchestra members, members of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. “It is a great thing for the younger audience,” said RHS euphonium player Connor Powell, “It…exposes them to this kind of music and exposes them to the music program in general.”

The purpose of the symphonic tour was not only to showcase the talent of the RHS orchestra, but to inspire the young kids to play an instrument and join the elementary schools’ music programs. The orchestra played two pieces together: Dvorak’s New World Symphony Movement 4 and The Bells of Christmas, which is a medley of various Christmas tunes designed to kick off the holiday break. The Chamber String Orchestra also played a tune: Hatikvah, a traditional Jewish melody, at Fernbrook Elementary School, and Felix Mendelsssohn’s Italian Symphony, which they played at Centergrove, Ironia, and Shongum Elementary Schools.

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“It’s a worthy concert,” Schaberg said, “It’s the first concert some of these kids have ever seen and it inspires them to want to go into music. To top it off, it sets everyone in a nice mood for the holidays.” Having took place only two day before winter break, the performances certainly left the elementary schools in a festive mood.

Editor's Note: Ethan Powell is a student at Randolph High school participating in a journalism program with Tapinto Randolph.