Orchestra members will perform movie scores, a concept parents and music coaches were interested in. Each orchestra coach chose a piece to conduct for the final concert of the year.
“Robin Hood Prince of Thieves,” “The Pink Panther” and “The Children of Sanchez” are some of the highlighted songs. Musicians will perform Richard Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra” from the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” said Jo Stoup, conductor of the orchestra.
“[Strauss] didn’t write it for the movie, but here it is, and now more people know it as the opening for ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’” Stoup said.
The challenge behind the concert is the diversity in conducting and the various conductors for the performance.
“It’s good for the kids to work under a lot of different conductors and styles,” Stoup said. “They’re having so much fun with it. They’re able to stand up and play.”
The concert will feature creative arrangements and more physical performances in addition to a classic orchestra. Estelle Chase, winner of PYMO’s Instrumental Competition, will perform the Grieg Piano Concerto, a piece that was featured in films “The Seventh Veil” and “Lolita.” Excerpts from this piece were also used in Nike and Range Rover commercials.
Another orchestra performance will be a John Williams tribute, a medley of Williams’ work from “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” and the Harry Potter movies.
La Cañada High School senior Ling Rao plays harp in the orchestra. Ling has spent the past six years playing the instrument.