THS Orchestra Performs in Annual String Fling Concert

Pictured (left to right): Benjamin Vu, Lauren Knapp, Jennifer Hance and Bhavya Bhushan pose for a photo during the THS annual String Fling. Photo courtesy of Bhavya Bhushan.

Pictured (left to right): Benjamin Vu, Lauren Knapp, Jennifer Hance and Bhavya Bhushan pose for a photo during the THS annual String Fling. Photo courtesy of Bhavya Bhushan.

Kristi Bui ’16
EE Co-Managing Editor

On Wednesday, November 18, the members of the Trumbull High School Orchestra performed in their annual String Fling concert. This concert featured not only the members of the high school orchestra, but the members of the middle school and elementary school orchestras as well.

There was a wide variety of music performed at the concert, ranging from classical to pop music. The high school orchestra performed Hero’s Journey by Soon Hee Newbold, The Magical World of Harry Potter and Peer Gynt suite Movements 1 and 4. They also performed Viking with the middle school orchestras, and Pepperoni Pizza Rock with all of the orchestras present at the event.

The String Fling concert was the first performance for new Trumbull High school orchestra teacher Ms. Karlan. Subsequently, preparing for the concert this year was more hectic, as senior violinist Bhavya Bhushan recalled. “We didn’t get to play on the stage before the concert, and we thought we’d have time to during the rehearsal but we didn’t. But it didn’t affect our performance and we played a great concert,” Bhushan stated.

Playing in the String Fling for her first time as concertmistress, Bhushan found the performance to be fun, despite the pressures of performing.

“It was my first time performing as concertmistress so I was nervous before we started playing,” Bhushan said. “I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to not mess up before the concert started but once I started playing I relaxed and had fun. Lauren and I had a couple of solos in Harry Potter which were really fun because I enjoyed that arrangement a lot.” This was the last String Fling Bhushan performed in for her high school career, which she describes as a weird yet fulfilling experience. “My first one feels like yesterday. I’m so glad I decided to continue with orchestra so I could be a part of such a huge concert every year and I’m really sad I won’t get to be a part of it next year,” said Bhushan.

Senior violinist Lauren Knapp also reflected on her last String Fling performance and having a new conductor. “I was sad that Mr. Elkins wasn’t there to conduct for my last string fling, but Ms. Karlan is really listening to our ideas and getting our input so it feels more like an orchestra than a class with her as our teacher,” Knapp stated.

Knapp enjoyed the diversity of the performance as well as having the opportunity to hear the other orchestras. “I really liked the music we played,” Knapp said. “We had a wide range of styles. I think the elementary school and middle school kids really enjoyed it and I enjoyed hearing them as well as playing with them.”

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