MBU’s Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band performed a beautiful concert entitled “Some Enchanted Evening.” The orchestra opened the program with Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings.” Next, violin soloist Elisabeth Hettinga, winner of the MBU Aria and Concerto Competition, performed “Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219, III. Rondeau – Tempo di Minuetto” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
A freshman missions major with a string pedagogy minor, Elisabeth hails from Elyria, Ohio. She had enjoyed listening to Mozart’s “Concerto” many times before deciding to compete with it for MBU’s Aria and Concerto Competition last October. Elisabeth plays first violin in the Symphony Orchestra and sings in the Chamber Singers Choir.
Before her performance, Orchestra Director Mr. Lewis Rosove played a video of one of Elisabeth’s very first violin recitals, making audience members smile in recognition of how far Elisabeth has progressed in her study of the violin.
The band opened the second half of the concert with a “Tribute to Rogers and Hammerstein,” which contained many well-known selections from various Rogers and Hammerstein musicals. Vincent Persichetti’s “Divertimento for Band,” a musically comical piece, and David Gillingham’s “Heart and Voice,” a beautiful arrangement of “Come, Christians, Join to Sing,” filled the rest of the concert. After a recognition of the seniors in band, the band closed the concert with a piece intended to make everyone tap their feet on their way out—Henry Fillmore’s “Footlifter March.”
The MBU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band’s spring concert delighted all in attendance, and as Mrs. Linda Townsend says, “was truly an enchanted evening.”
A recording of the performance is available below.