Orchestra “Pops” into action at fall concert


Anna Barger

Conducted by Mrs. Grooms, musicians make their way through a variety of popular songs from movies and theatre.

On Oct. 26, the Clover Hill Orchestra held its second annual Fall Pops concert, playing a variety of classical standards and Autumn favorites.

Orchestra Director Hannah Grooms selected the pieces for the Fall Pops concert from a diverse array of Broadway shows and popular Hollywood films. Featured songs include music from “Les Miserables”, “High School Musical 3”, the “Captain America” series, “Fright Night, Ratatouille”, “The Little Mermaid”, as well as highlights from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”.

Grooms discussed the selection of certain songs.

“Typically…I like to look at movies that were smash hits and select pieces from those for our concerts,” Grooms said.

According to senior cellist Ryann Remias, this year’s fall concert highlights songs from pop culture, movies and musicals.

“Our fall concert is sort of our [own] pop concert,” Remias said.

The concert orchestra played its first three pieces, which contained classic songs familiar to a large audience. The song “Fright Night” is a mash-up of Halloween favorites played by the combined orchestra in a quick-fire medley. This included the theme from Jaws, Psycho, The Addams Family, The Phantom of the Opera and more. The string ensemble then played three pieces before the symphony orchestra finished the concert with music from Harry Potter.

Moving forward, the orchestra has several upcoming events, including the Senior Regional Orchestra scheduled for Nov. 11-12, which highlights seniors who auditioned and were chosen from around the area.

The Department Wide Winter Spectacular is scheduled for Dec. 10. For this performance, the orchestra will team up with Clover Hill’s band and choir to collaborate on a holiday program.

Sophomore viola player Xavier Ho also discussed a spring concert that will occur towards the end of the school year after the Assessment.

“[The assessment is a performance] where we go to another school and get [graded] by judges on a scale from one to five, one being the [highest rank],” Ho said.

Although students are not allowed to attend the actual assessment performance, Ho said that the orchestra will include many of the assessment pieces in the spring concert. The spring concert is on May 16 and will conclude the year for the school’s highly acclaimed orchestra.

Finally, the spring concert is on May 16 and will wrap up the orchestra’s season along with many other events planned: Central Regional Orchestra, All-Virginia Band and Orchestra, the Spring Musical with Theatre on the Hill and more. Follow @chhsorchestras on Instagram for more information.