Today the Blue Lake Masterworks Orchestra perform Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”, directed by John Riegel at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. The 80+ member symphony had three of our Mona Shores High School Orchestra members: Ezekiel Kinney (Violin), Anna Tardani (Viola), and Nicholas Tyler (Cello).
Ezekiel, Anna, and Nicholas have spent these last two weeks at camp preparing for this amazing performance. Based on the photo taking, hugs goodbye, and introductions to parents after the performance, it appeared many new friendships and great memories were made.
Our apologies to Anna. The photos of Anna on stage did not turn out and we missed her after the show to get her in the group picture.
Saw a FB memory of 4 years ago today of the performance Mona Shores Orchestra did in Prague at the Czech Museum of Music . It was four years ago this week we visited Prague, Budapest, and Vienna. Here are a few pictures of that trip.
The Fiddlers could not have ordered up a better night for the first ever Muskegon Street Performers, sunny in the mid 70’s!! The Fiddlers took control of the SW corner of the Muskegon Farmers Market with some limited dancing from the Country Fresh Dairy Cow, many passerby’s, and large groups in the shade enjoying the show.
The Fiddlers set was bitter sweet, it was the last performance for our graduated seniors. The Fiddlers dusted off some old tunes we had not heard in awhile and some new arrangements to this years set list. You can check out our Facebook page for a couple audio samples of last night set.
If you missed last night Fiddler set you will have a few more opportunities later this summer. The Fiddlers are in transition now as our Class of 2016 leaves and our incoming freshmen join but you will be able to catch them with their new look and sound later this summer at Sparta Irish Fest, Roosevelt Park Days, and Michigan Music Irish Fest.
On May 24th, 2016 the Mona Shores Middle School Orchestras performed their Spring Concert. Mr. Mosley directed and presented awards to the 6th and 8th Grade Orchestras and Mrs. DeRose did the same with the 7th Grade Orchestra. Here are a few pictures from the night, more can be found on our Flickr Page.
The Mona Shores High School Fiddlers are taking to the streets of Muskegon as a Street Performer on June 3, 2016, 6pm-8pm. The Fiddlers will be performing in the SW corner of the Muskegon Farmers Market. Bring a lawn chair and grab some dinner as most of the food vendors will be at the Farmers Market as well. Mark your calendars now for some a night of great entertainment.
The 2016 High School Spring Concert and Awards Ceremony was an amazing show. Mrs. DeRose said “The concert is bittersweet. The 8th grade orchestra sounds great, I can’t wait to work with them. The seniors are such amazing group of people I am sad to see them go but excited for them as they leave Mona Shores.”
Mr. Mosley’s Eighth Grade Orchestra open the concert with Richard Meyer’s Geometric Dances.
The Mrs. DeRose’s High School Concert Orchestra took the stage starting the evening musical theme of Tributes. They played Andrew Dabcynski’s arrangement of An Armed Forces Tribute, Jon Williams The Olympic Spirt, and a Beatles Melody.
The Mona Shores Fiddlers played two tunes. One original piece Amran nut de Caerlaverock by our own Greg Beaudoin. This piece was first performed by the Fiddlers at 2016 Collage Concert but tonight we got the touching explanation on how Amran nut de Caerlaverock is a tribute to his family. The Fiddlers finished night with a new version of Jackie Tar.
The Symphonic Orchestra continued the tribute theme with John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and a Tribute To John Williams adapted by Paul Lavender. Tribute To John Williams was accompanied with a video arranged by Mr. Dave Droski and Jacob gravel.
The Combined Orchestras played Franz Hayden’s The Finale from Symphony No 45, arranged by Richard Meyer with the musicians turn off their stand lights when leaving the stage as they played leaving only the Seniors at the end.
The Senior Strings presented some touching gifts to Mrs. DeRose and performed Jupiter From The Planets by Gustav Holst, arr. Deborah Baker Monday.
Shelby Sikes introducing Jupiter from the Planets
Margaret Henrikson and Emily Morris presenting Mrs. DeRose with a Senior Gift
National Orchestra Award: Dale Liddle
Directors Award: Margaret Henrikson
Outstanding Fiddler Award: Greg Beaudoin
MSBOA Scholar Musician Award: Paul Young
Edquist Memorial Fund Scholarship Awards: Dale Liddle, Emily Morris, & Paul Young