Symphony Orchestra performs movie themes

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On Tuesday night, an audience was transported to their imaginations through the notes that floated from the heartstrings of the SHSU symphony orchestra.

The orchestra performed their pieces for their eastern European tour at the Killinger Auditorium.

“The orchestra has this great opportunity to go and experience Europe. They have great potential,” said Kristen Miller, attendee. The concert began with “Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla,” “Meditation from Thas,” and “Danse Espagola.”

Andrew Wilson, associate professor of music, played violin solos during “Meditation from Thas” and “Danse Espagola.” “It was amazing how he beat his bow on his strings,” said Rachel Haney, attendee.

The next two pieces played were “American in Paris” and “Star Wars Suite for Large Orchestra.” “I really enjoyed ‘Star Wars.’ It was very exciting,” said Haney. “I want to go and watch Gene Kelly in ‘American in Paris’ now. I could see him dancing during the song.”

“I wanted to come tonight and support my colleges. They sound amazing and I’m excited for them”, said Haney during the intermission.

Mrs. Dr. Kristin Hightower, member of the music faculty sang three “Arias of Puccini” in a red floor length gown. “She was flawless,” said a smiling Miller. Haney agreed, saying, “Oh my gosh, she was just amazing, I got chills.” During “Fanfare for Freedom” brass players stood in one line on the steps of the stage and played boisterous tunes.

“Fanfare for Freedom” was composed by assistant professor for the music department Trent Hanna, who wrote this piece specifically for the SHSU orchestra 2004 European tour. Other pieces performed were “Suite de l’Oiseau de Feu,” and “Overture from West Side Story.”