The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 8, 2002


Concert Review
CCHS orchestra and bands thrill audience in debut performance

Conductor Andrei Sobchenko and band director Alfred Dentino kicked off the school year on October 24 with the CCHS band and orchestra performing before a packed house at Carlisle's Corey Auditorium. With just six short weeks to prepare before their first performance, the program consisted of a challenging lineup of selections.

The Colonial Youth Orchestra led the evening with three pieces, Waltz by Carl Maria von Weber, was a warm, lighthearted selection, and a perfect performance opener. Clark McAlister's arrangement of Andante Cantabile by P.I. Tschaikovsky followed during which the talents of first violinist Brian French were highlighted in a compelling performance. The orchestra concluded with a medley of Rumanian folk dances collected by Bela Bartok from peasants and gypsies during his field trips throughout Hungary and Romania between 1910-1914. The seven dances were collected from inhabitants of the Carpathian Mountains in the region of Transylvania, which is the land of Count Dracula. Sobchenko integrated brass, wind and reed instruments into the mix to good effect.

Dentino's Repertory Band began their program with a collection of three pieces, beginning with an exuberant The Flight of the Pegasus by David Shaffer. Dentino changed pace with On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss, a contemplative selection by David Holsinger. He concluded with upbeat Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo.

The concert band performed the two final pieces, John Zdechlik's Chorale and Shaker Dance, a sophisticated and moving piece that is surely on its way to becoming one of the band's signature selections. John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever was the rousing, final selection and showcased an enthusiastic piccolo performance.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito