Orchestra concert closes winter concert series

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Bringing the winter concerts to a close, Orchestra took to the stage Dec. 12. Following a Christmas theme, the orchestra concert featured two pieces conducted by students, “Ose Shalom” by senior co-conductor Joey Balem and a collection of pieces from “The Prince of Egypt” by junior co-conductor Pierre Younes, as well as a symphonic collaboration with members from band. 

“Before we perform, we are able to watch every other level [of orchestra] perform and appreciate just how much we have grown since we started playing. Going up to the stage and performing is an amazing experience and has never grown old for me,” Balem said. “As a senior, performances bring up memories of my years of playing with, spending time with and performing with other musicians. These years have brought us really close together and this penultimate performance is a bittersweet reminder of all of those good times and of how they are coming to a close.”

(Photos by Bella Ramirez)

As a junior, Kayla Rubenstein spends her third year on staff as Assistant Online Editor in Chief and Business Manager of iPatriot Post and the Patriot Post, respectively. Outside room 9114, Kayla acts as the co-historian of NHS and as a member of Quill and Scroll, EHS and SNHS. Kayla spends her free time making travel plans for the future, bugging her younger brother and binge watching Criminal Minds. Additionally, Kayla loves to read and often writes book reviews to release the mix of emotions most books give her. However, don’t ask Kayla what her favorite book is; she’ll give you an hour-long breakdown of her top reads in each genre.

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