Langley High Orchestra Performed “Fur, Fins, and Feathers” Themed Concert

The first concert of the school year was performed by the Langley High School Orchestra on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The concert was themed “Fur, Fins, and Feathers” and was a beautiful montage of pieces impersonating a multitude of wild animals ranging from aquarium fish to mighty elephants. The orchestra was directed by Dr. Scott McCormick and Mr. Adam Willett.

According to McLean Connection, “The concert opened with the Philharmonic Orchestra playing the iconic “The Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor and arranged by Langley alumnus Craig Hunter. This was followed by Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “The Lark Ascending” featuring soloist Alyssa Kim on the violin. Camille Saint-Saëns’ well known “Carnival of the Animals” was played featuring Cao Linh Pham and Karina Wugang on piano, Fay Shuai on cello, and Cherri Chen on the xylophone. “The lion is the king of beasts and husband of the lioness. Gazelles and things which he feasts address him as ‘your highness.’ There are those that admire his roar, in African Jungles and velds, but I think that wherever the lion is, I’d rather be somewhere else” said director Dr. McCormick’s wife, Rebekah McCormick, while narrating the many movements in the “Carnival of the Animals.”

Junior violist Otto Janke said, “I thought the real victory of the night was cellist Riker Wilson’s valiant effort to get much of the orchestra to dress as gorillas. I thought it made a big impact and set the concert on the right foot.”

As per McLean Connection, “Although the Langley Orchestra is an entire string orchestra, many of the arts departments contributed to the success of this concert. The concert was performed with brass, wind, and percussion instruments and the artwork presented in the concert was by Langley Senior Josh Guinn who has received the Silver Key Award, an Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, and has exhibited artwork at the VCU Summer Intensive Art Gallery and the Tyler School of Art Gallery.”

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