WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual West Orange High School (WOHS) Winter Orchestra concert embodied the spirit of winter on Thursday night with a mix of classical and contemporary music, including the popular theme song to HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

The concert featured various ensembles under the direction of Dr. Elena Peres, including the 9th Grade Orchestra, Royal Strings Ensemble, String Orchestra and the Honors Chamber Orchestra.

All the hard work that these students have put forth culminated at the end of the concert when the ensembles all came together to play the “Theme from Game of Thrones.”

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Some songs were enhanced with the aid of William Farley, who played the piano, and 2010 WOHS graduate Benjamin Rubens, who played the bass.

All in attendance were transported by the soothing and dramatic sounds of the string ensembles, including a special medley played by members of the Chamber Orchestra during pre-concert set up. A full list of songs played during the concert can be seen in the program below. 

The spring orchestra concert is currently scheduled for April 10, 2019 at West Orange High School. Other upcoming events include the Winter Band Concert on Jan. 17 and the Faculty Music Scholarship Concert on Feb. 12. 

All photos are courtesy of Deborah Balthazar.

The winter concert program was as follows:

Chamber Orchestra

Star-Spangled Banner by J.S. Smith (arranged by E. Peres)

Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach (arranged by E. Del Borgo)


Combined Chamber and String Orchestra

“Sleigh Ride” German Dance No.3 by W.A. Mozart (arranged by S. Dackow)

Folk Tune and Fiddle Dance Suite for Strings by P.E. Fletcher

Hoe Down from Rodeo by A. Copland (arranged by S. Bulla)


Royal Strings

“Ave Verum Corpus” K. 618 by W.A. Mozart (arranged by F. Ferrari)

Adagio and Allegro by A. Corelli (arranged by J.F. Muller)


9th Grade Orchestra

Trepak by P.I. Tchaikovsky (arranged by C.L. Gruselle)

Shaker Fantasia (arranged by E. Del Borgo)

Concerto Grosso In D major Op. 6, No. 7 Allegro by A. Corelli (arranged by S. Dackow)


Combined Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, 9th Grade Orchestra

Let it Snow by J. Styne & S. Cahn (arranged by J. Caponegro)

Theme from Game of Thrones by R. Djawdi