The annual Winona School Orchestra Festival will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 7:00 in the Winona Middle School Auditorium. This special concert provides the opportunity to enjoy the fourth grade students in their first concert and all levels up to the WSHS Orchestra as the graduating seniors perform in their final concert. As each group plays, the audience can experience the development and growth of students through their Winona School Orchestra experience.
The fourth grade students, taught by Betsy Neil and Cindy Johnson, will begin the concert with the delightful fiddle tune, Boil ‘em Cabbage Down, The Donkey Song, and their traditional performance of Twinkle with variations.
Winona Middle School students, all under the direction of Lori Carlson, will present music with a variety of styles from countries around the world. The Fifth Grade Orchestra will play Viol Boogie, Czech Folk Song, and Happy Blues. The Sixth Grade Orchestra will perform Mississippi Cakewalk, Skye Boat Song (a Scottish folk song), and Orpheus in the Underworld. The combined Seventh and Eighth Grade Orchestras will offer music with challenging violin parts along with many melodic features for the lower string sections as they play the familiar Russian Sailors’ Dance, some Israeli folks songs, and the Finale from Mozart’s Serenade No.9 (“Posthorn”).
The WSHS String Orchestra and percussion, led by Cindy Johnson, will perform selections from the musical “Chicago” by Kander and Ebb, which the students enjoyed on Broadway during their April trip to NYC; the full orchestra will close the concert with the beautiful last movement of Dvorak’s 8th Symphony. For the seniors, this very significant concert will also include presentations to this year’s Winona recipient of the prestigious National School Orchestra Award and to the winner of the CodaBow Award, who will receive a fine bow made and donated by CodaBow International, based in Winona.
Following the concert, guests are encouraged to enjoy the $1 root beer floats, which will benefit WMS orchestra field trips, while providing an opportunity to socialize with orchestra members and teachers.