MidAmerica Productions concluded its 32nd season of concerts in New York with its Ensemble Spotlight Series showcasing instrumental and vocal groups from Texas and Louisiana on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Performances were given by the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra under the direction of Jean Montes, and three groups from El Paso, Texas: Coronado High School Orchestra conducted by Ida Steadman, Coronado High School Band led by Mark Saenz, and Coronado High School Thundersingers directed by Clay Vandertulip.
The group from New Orleans presented a world premiere work by Michael Rihner (New Orleans Symphonic Dances), Haitian Tales by Férrère Laguerre, Tango by John Paulson, and the Allegro con brio from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8.
The Coronado High School Orchestra also performed a world premiere work, Joseph L. Rios’ South American Fantasy, as did the Coronado High School Band with Barbara Lambrecht’s The Great Chess Match. Additional works performed by the Orchestra were Piazzolla’s Melodia in La Menor (Canto de Octubre), Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite, and Joseph Dunn’s Fantasy on a Common Theme for String Orchestra and Percussion. A Cha-Cha for CHS-CHS (New York Premiere). The Band performed Sousa’s Fairest of the Fair, Darren W. Jenkins’ Reflections, John Mackey’s Foundry, and Dana Wilson’s Sang!
In a prelude concert, Mr. Vandertulip conducted the Thundersingers in Gillis’ In Remembrance; arrangements of traditional works including Simple Gifts, Ave Maria, John Saw Du Numbah, and Amazing Grace; Lloyd Pfautsch’s Laughing Song; John Rutter’s My True Love Hath My Heart; and Richard Nance’s Set me as a seal.
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