The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

Minneapolis


  • 9 PM
    63 °
  • 10 PM
    64 °
  • 11 PM
    64 °
  • 12 AM
    65 °
  • 1 AM
    66 °
  • 2 AM
    66 °
  • 3 AM
    66 °
  • 4 AM
    67 °
  • 5 AM
    67 °
  • 6 AM
    68 °
  • 7 AM
    69 °
  • 8 AM
    71 °
  • 9 AM
    74 °
  • 10 AM
    77 °
  • 11 AM
    80 °
  • 12 PM
    83 °
  • 1 PM
    84 °
  • 2 PM
    86 °
  • 3 PM
    86 °
  • 4 PM
    86 °
  • 5 PM
    86 °
  • 6 PM
    84 °
  • 7 PM
    81 °
  • 8 PM
    78 °
  • 9 PM
    75 °
June 15
71°/ 61°
Moderate rain
June 16
87°/ 65°
Moderate rain
June 17
63°/ 58°
Heavy rain

Orchestra Festivities Resume Sparking Connection

Musicians across campuses unite
79+Middle+School%2C+38+Upper+Elementary%2C+and+34+Upper+School+string+students+students+played+in+the+gym.+%E2%80%9CJust+playing+with+that+many+people+feels+amazing%2C%E2%80%9D+said+Jennifer+Kalika%2C+the+Lower+School+String+Teacher.+
Gabriella Marmet
79 Middle School, 38 Upper Elementary, and 34 Upper School string students students played in the gym. “Just playing with that many people feels amazing,” said Jennifer Kalika, the Lower School String Teacher.

The annual Chamber Orchestra Festival met on Feb. 8, featuring orchestra members from grades 5-12. This event was put on hiatus for a few years due to the pandemic, but members were able to come together again last year to restart this tradition. Upper School Instrumental Music Director Brian Lukkasson and middle school band and orchestra teacher Amir Kats led the group in playing a variety of pieces. Usman Mallick ‘24 stated that the music departments’ original idea of this event was to bring together musicians from different grades in order to create music together.

Students were intended to expand their community circle and reach out to peers that they normally didn’t see. Students played traditional pieces such as the “Alma Mater” and “Spring” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. They also dabbled in more contemporary pieces such as “Monarch Migration” by Nubia Jaime-Donjuan and “Red Lodge Reel” by Peter Ostroushko. Mallick stated that his favorite piece, however, was “Beyond the Thunder” by Deborah Baker Monday. Students were introduced to their stand partners, who were generally from other grades or orchestras. “I think it’s super important for the orchestra community to bond,” Mallick said.

Additionally, they played games such as the viral Oreo Cookie Challenge, in which students put an Oreo on their forehead and tried to get it into their mouth without using their hands. Orchestra member Rhea Farhan ‘27 stated, “It was a really fun event.” She added, “it was nice to be able to meet people from different grades.”

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Evie Chow
Evie Chow, Staff Writer
Hi! My name is Evie and I’m a freshman this year. My favorite part about Spectrum is the community of people I’ve gotten to meet. When I’m not writing, you can find me traveling, playing soccer or violin!
Gabriella Marmet
Gabriella Marmet, Managing Editor
Hi! My name is Gabriella, or Gabi, and I am a Junior. This will be my third year in writing for the paper and my third semester on the Spectrum editorial team. This semester I am the Managing Editor and editing the In-Depth pages. In the past, I was an editor for Arts and Culture as well as Food. I am so excited to be a Co-Managing Editor and can't wait to improve my journalism skills! I am a competitive dancer and play ultimate frisbee, tennis, and soccer. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I also have a dog named Lila who is an Australian Labradoodle!

Comments (0)

All The Spectrum Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *