STORY BY ADAM ROGAN
The Drake symphony, made up of over 50 students, conducted by Akira Mori and aided by the Juilliard — trained Sarah Plum, played pieces from Franz Schubert, R. Vaughn Williams and Georges Bizet, entertained the Sheslow Auditorium audience Sunday night.
The opening was an excerpt of the Rosamunde Overture by Schubert, a composition full of highs and lows, told a story without words.
Dozens of hands moved in unison as the music flowed from members of the orchestra’s fingertips.
Mori’s hands flew across his small conductor’s platform, guiding the musicians through the compositions.
The second piece was “The Lark Ascending,” composed by Williams in 1914, inspired by a 19th century poem by George Meredith of the same name.
In the piece, Sarah Plum was also featured for “The Lark Ascending.”
Symphony Orchestra Stage Manager and cellist, Xavier Quinn, said, “(Playing with a soloist is) very different from what we normally do … it was a challenge.”
The last several minutes of the song featured Plum playing alone.
“I felt like I was surrounded by the music,” said Kaitlin Brandt, a first time orchestra goer.
After a short intermission, Mori and the rest of the symphony returned to the stage for the final part of the night’s performance. The closing piece was “L’Arlésienne,” translated into English meaning “The Girl from Arles.” It was composed by Georges Bizet, to be performed in four parts.