The George School Instrumental Music assembly took place on Friday, November 10, 2017 in Walton Auditorium. The wind ensemble, lab band, string ensemble, and orchestra performed songs directed by George School faculty.
The wind ensemble started off the assembly by performing “Blue Ridge Saga,” a piece originally written by James Swearingen. The lab band then shared their performance of “Flash Flood” by Chris Bernotas. Both of these performances were directed and conducted by Steve Heitzer, instrumental music faculty member.
The string ensemble then took the stage with their performance of Movement I, from St. Paul’s Suite, by Gustav Holst. This piece was directed by David Nolan, who is the newest music teacher at George School. Karen Hallowell, director of alumni and parent relations, a long-time instrumentalist herself, and director of the student orchestra, was thrilled to have David join the team.
“This performance was special because it introduced David Nolan, our new music teacher, to the community,” said Karen. “His fine work with the string ensemble gave us a glimpse of how he will strengthen the music program overall. Welcome to George School, David!”
The assembly concluded with a commanding performance by the George School orchestra who played “Russian Sailor’s Dance” from Reinhold Gliere’s ballet The Red Poppy, which was directed by Karen.
The instrumental music students will be performing again at the George School Instrumental Music Concert on Sunday, January 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the George School Meetinghouse.