It was a second night of fine arts at LMPS with four school music groups filling the Cafetorium with classical and seasonal songs for “A Winter Concert” to a standing-room crowd.
Lakeland Middle Preparatory School (LMPS) opened just four months ago as the second school in the Lakeland School System and within that short time, the School’s Fine Arts Department presented both choir and orchestra/band concerts this week for family and friends.
Band and orchestra performed tonight (12.12.17) and the choir performances were last night.
Paula Bert Turner directs the beginning and performing orchestra. Anneliese Land is the beginning and concert bands director.
Beginning Orchestra was first on the program with a clever rendition of “The Twelve Weeks of Strings Class,” outlining their progress in Mrs. Turner’s class. “Cabbage Countdown” was their second music selection.
Beginning Band took the stage next, playing a traditional carol, a Beethoven piece and “First Rockin’ Christmas.”
Third on the program was Performing Orchestra with five melodies including a song from Hansel & Gretel, Carol of the Bells Variant and a traditional Hebrew song in observance of the first night of Hanukkah.
Concert Band was the final group of the evening and among their six pieces were three which featured soloists. Mrs. Land announced the students self-organized their pieces, selecting their own music, rehearsals, and everything from start to finish,
Eighth grader Benjamin Atkinson played “Silent Night” on the marimba, a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets to produce musical tones.
Isaac Amar, horn, Ellen Ouyang, clarinet and Eli Roy, clarinet, all eighth graders, presented “O Holy Night.”
And seventh graders Caroline Floyd, clarinet, and Ashleigh Harmon, flute, played “Carol of the Bells.”
The Band Booster Club auctioned five items and garnered about $800 for the group. They also sold sweets, water and hot chocolate during the evening to raise additional funds for the program.
After the final piece was presented, the student musicians were given a standing ovation.
… Photos by Jim Willis, Lakeland Currents. Link to album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vpeEnO5x6LQuK8ee2