Each performer stared out at the audience, gripping their instruments and mentally reviewing the notes of their pieces. As the conductor waved her hand, the orchestra broke out into song, with the sweet sound resonating across the hall.
Carnegie Hall, a world renowned concert hall in New York, invited the advanced orchestra to play and tour New York City from March 23 to March 26.
“The acoustics of the hall were nice and really projected our sound. At the end of the performance, the audience gave us a standing ovation,” Anish Ravichandran, eighth grade strings major said.
The orchestra played “St Paul’s Suite Jig” by Gustav Holst, “Aase’s Death” by Edward Grieg, “Double Cello Concerto” by Antonio Vivaldi, “Gabriel’s Oboe Play” by the Portland Orchestra, and “Semiramide Overture” by Gioachino Rossini.
“Ms. Beebe sent a recording of one of last year’s performance to Carnegie Hall. They accepted us and let us play there,” Ravichandran said.
On Wednesday, March 23, attendees toured the Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center’s centerpiece and observation deck in Manhattan.
“You could see the Trump Tower, Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building on the Top of the Rock,” Kevin Kong, seventh grade strings major said.
The next day, the group saw the Broadway show “Phantom of the Opera.”
“The singers performing the ‘Phantom of the Opera’ had high vocal ranges, but the special effects were a little crazy,” Kong said. “The acting was definitely Broadway quality.”
The students walked to Central Park the following Friday. Central Park is an urban park that is one of the most filmed locations in the world. In 2013, 40 million people visited the park.
“The part [of Central Park that] we saw was about five times the size of Bak,” Kong said.
On the night of March 25, the orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall, along with other schools. According to their website, Andrew Carnegie built the hall in the undeveloped section of upper Manhattan. It opened on May 5, 1891.
“Carnegie Hall was beautiful, but it was pretty small,” Ravichandran said. “There were a lot of backstage rooms where we could warm up.”
On Saturday, March 26, the orchestra flew back to Florida.
“My favorite part of the trip was performing at Carnegie Hall because it is prestigious,” Ravichandran said. “It was such an honor to play there.”