The Dreher Orchestras 2021-2022 Season
Nathan L. Tucker, conductor
All concerts are at 7:00pm at the Dreher High School Auditorium with the exception of the Black History Program & Concert Performance Assessment.
Fall Concert: Wired, October 14th, 7pm
The Dreher Orchestras are WIRED for our Fall Concert. Lauren Bernofsky uses sounds inspired by current pop music in Wired using techniques that are purely fun for the performers. The second piece is by the classical/ hip hop duo, Black Violin, melding Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 with hip hop rhythms and timbres. Next is the seminal song from the alternative rock genre, Smells Like Teen Spirit, where the heavy and intense sounds of Nirvana are heard with and through the orchestra. Bill Withers's timeless anthem, Lean on Me and lastly, The Cars 1978 hit featured in Stranger Things, Moving in Stereo closes the concert. Flashlights on!!!
LAUREN BERNOFSKY Wired
BLACK VIOLIN/ BACH Brandenburg
NIRVANA Smells Like Teen Spirit
BILL WITHERS Lean on Me
THE CARS Moving in Stereo
Winter Concert: A Winter Concert with the Dreher Orchestras, December 13th, 7pm
The Dreher Orhestras presents a holiday concert featuring Atlanta-based composer Tyler Grant's A Glimpse of Winter. Both Ralph Vaughan Wiliams's beautiful setting of Greensleeves and Katie O'hara Labrie's Calm and Bright setting of Franz Gruber's Silent Night just sound like winter. Closing the concert is the original orchestra work credited as the most popular holiday piece of music for the last decade, Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.
GRANT A Glimpse of Winter
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (arranged by Deborah Baker Monday) Fantasia on Greensleeves
O'HARA LABRIE/ GRUBER Calm and Bright (Silent Night)
ANDERSON Sleigh Ride
Black History Program: Glory featuring the Dreher Chorus, February, TBA
The Dreher Chorus joins The Dreher Orchestras in Glory from the movie Selma, made popular by Common and John Legend.
STEPHENS Glory (from Selma)
*This performance is only a portion of the entire program which features many other performing groups from our community.
Concert Performance Assessment: Preview Concert, March 8th, 6pm
CPA during school day in March, TBA
The Dreher Orchestras goes on tour for Concert Performance Assessment. In the annual Chinese New Year celebration, Huagzhi Li's Happy Chinese New Year has established itself at the front of Chinese musical culture over the past thirty years. The English composer Gustav Holst is said to have recognized music's natural properties while walking through town near a blacksmith working and composed the sounds he heard in a movment of his Second Suite for Military Band, arranged for strings by Deborah Baker Monday. Manuel Del Falla's El Amor Brujo will have you on the edge of your seat.
LI (arr. Lu Huadong) Spring Festival Overture (Happy Chinese New Year)
HOLST (arranged by Deborah Baker Monday) Song of the Blacksmith from Second Suite, Op. 28, No. 2
DEL FALLA Selections from El Amor Brujo
Spring Concert: Festival, May 3rd, 7pm
Perhaps one of the most recognizable melodies in history is March of the Swiss Soldiers, the finale of the overture from Gioachino Rossini's final opera, William Tell. One of the world's greatest living American composers, James Stephenson, draws from Eastern musical cultural sounds and explores the string orchestra medium is his charming work, Sometimes We Dance. The classical composer Joseph Bologne was said to be one of the greatest competitors of Mozart, having won the favor of the queen in Paris. His virtuosity on the violin as well as composing symphonies, like the Symphony No. 1 in G Major, are what made Mozart very jealous and reference him as a villain in opera writing (The Magic Flute). Kirt Mosier's Scherzo Dance is full of energy and is an orginal current work written in the form a scherzo, most popular as a middle movement in classical and romatic symphonies. Finally, there is no greater testament to joy and peace than Beethoven's finale from his Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, and this message is as need as ever in 2022.
ROSSINI Finale from William Tell Overture
BOLOGNE Allegro from Symphony No. 1 in G Major
STEPHENSON Sometimes We Dance
MOSIER Scherzo Dance
BEETHOVEN Ode to Joy, Finale from Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
Select members of the orchestras will also be involved in the Theatre Season. Those dates, more specific concert dates, and exact musical selections TBA soon!