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SEM Musicians Awed at the Spring Concert

A last time for seniors tp perform as members of the ensemble.

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Jocelyn Yang, Contributor

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It was an anxious, joyful, exhilarating time when members of the ensemble, glee club, and Semachords were ready to give an “auditory feast” in the Chapel for the annual Joan Kostick Andrews ’48 spring concert on Wednesday night, May 3.

Before the performance, Ron E. Martin, SEM’s music director and conductor spoke highly of these brilliant musicians.

“Every piece of music is chosen by the students, and their suggestions are so wonderful. It’s their concert, their night, and I’m very excited about it.” A light of confidence and pride glimmered in Mr. Martin’s eyes.

In this huge performance team, there were 16 ensemble players, 13 glee club singers and 26 Semachord members (many of the members were in more than one club). A main focus was the seniors who are about to graduate in June, making this spring concert more like a farewell to them.

“The excitement is accompanied by sadness,” said Xinyang “Amber” Ye’ 17 who is a member of all three clubs.

The ensemble and glee club have met twice a week during the lunchtime since the mid-January. In order to give a successful performance, these players need to establish a solid foundation with a plenty of rehearsals.

“It was hard to coordinate times to meet because all of us had busy and varying schedules, and it wasn’t until the week of the concert that we got to meet for extended periods of time,” senior Dabin Han said. In the concert, she and the other three other violinist Elisa Yi ’18, Tara Porter ’17, and Xinyang “Amber” Ye ’17 played the quartet Largo and Allegro composed by George P. Telemann.

Meanwhile, Dabin had been practicing for her solo the Theme from “Schindler’s List” by John Williams. Dabin believes that the team effort should not be neglected, either. “If the ensemble and I aren’t together, then no matter how hard I practice my solo, it just doesn’t sound as good,” she said.

After glee club and members of the faculty and staff glee clubs sang the last song – Irving Berlin’s Give me Your Tired, Your Poor, a storm of applause broke out in the chapel. “Totally professional in every respect” was overheard in the audience as musicians responded to curtain calls.

There is an expression that goes “One minute on the stage, ten years of practice off the stage.” The successful spring concert matched all members’ efforts and just as Dabin said, “We all work hard together to make the music sound the way it does.”

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