By Angel Rivera
As vocals are warming up and instruments are getting tuned, the ambience in the auditorium blends in with the blissful chatter of the awaiting audience. Students here at East High look forward to showcasing music they have been rehearsing for their annual Winter Concert.
“These concerts are a culmination of the hard work our ensembles have been putting in these past few weeks. It’s not so easy getting up in front of an audience and presenting your work to your family and your peers,” music teacher Mr. Weber explained. “It takes a lot of focus and perseverance to get to where we are now. There are plenty of points throughout the year where we get frustrated with our playing and feel like we will never be ready. There have been plenty of mistakes along the way but that is part of the whole experience. We wouldn’t be good musicians if we didn’t learn from our mistakes. We can’t improve without making mistakes. This is about true tenacity, purposeful thinking, and advocacy.” Freshman Jaenid Ayala explains, “The whole experience is thrilling. There is some nervousness but it is overall exciting. Afterwards there is a sigh of relief and I feel happy because we accomplished what we set out to do.”
The ensembles aren’t the only groups preparing for the performance. In order for things to go as smoothly as possible, members of the stage crew have been training to assist with backstage work, operating live sound and lighting, and working ‘front of house’ operations. The people in these positions often go unnoticed, but the concert wouldn’t go on without them in the shadows and behind the scenes.
The first winter concert is taking place on Thursday December 14th at 6:00pm in the Edward J. Cavalier Auditorium. The program consists of the Upper and Lower School Bands, Upper and Lower School Choirs, Lower School String Ensemble, and the Eagles Jazz Band. There will be separate daytime performances on December 21st, one for the Lower School and one for the Upper School.
A big shout out to Ms. Fox, Mrs. Zajkowski, Mr. Weber, and Mr. Wilson for all of their hard work in preparing for these performances.