How does music rock in Texas A&M University- Kingsville? We know the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra rocks. On Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Jones Auditorium, the KSO presented Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks! conducted by Maestra Veronica Salinas. It featured Carissa Reyes, Host, and Jessica Melancon, Singer.
“It was exciting! Seeing the faces of various children, brighten at the sight of an instrument is unforgettable. It’s just a ton o fun,” said Carlos Lopez, a Music Education major. Link Up, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, gives children in grades 3-5 in elementary schools to watch and see orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music session. The children were able to sing and/or play on their recorders “Anvil Chorus,” “The Little Birch Tree,” and more. They clapped along to Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and to the TAMUK Drumline.
“The children were great about participating. In fact, there would
be moments where the teachers would have to settle them down and stop them from playing on their recorders. But the kids played along, got very much involved, and had a very great time,” said Lopez. “I had a ton of fun. Not just myself but the other orchestra members as well. The Link Up concert is never a boring one.”
Another event that happened days after Link Up was the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Welcome on Sunday, March 6, 2016. Season 10 Remember the Decade: Celebrating Ten Years of Excellence 2006-2016, conducted by Salinas and featuring the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet.
The Orchestra and the Trombone Quartet celebrated their 10 years in making music at TAMUK. The program had “Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor” by Alexander Borodin, “Concertino for 4 Trombones & Strings, Op. 115” by Jan Koetsier, and the famous “Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64” by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
“It was an experience of a lifetime and a milestone in my musical career yet,” Lopez said on his solo on the last piece of the night. “I had a very good time, an unforgettable one. How can you not have fun if you’re doing something you love. I would also like to thank the faculty and staff who made this event possible. Without their teachings. we would not be able to have a concert at this caliber. Special thanks to Dr. Veronica Salinas, for constantly pushing us to become better musicians.”
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