Instrumental students perform in Symphony Orchestra


A successful performance finished by Cesar Ballardo (barritone), who sang "Bella siccome un angelo" from the comic opera, "Don Pasquale." Photo credit: Sue Hong

The El Camino Symphony Orchestra had its first spring 2016 performance directed by an EC professor on Feb. 27 in the Marsee Auditorium.

The program for the show featured nine pieces, the first performance opening with the “Star Spangled Banner.”

The second piece for the program was “Intermezzo II” from “The Jewels of the Madonna” which was followed by the third piece of the night, “Bella siccome un angelo, all three pieces being performed by baritone, Cesar Ballardo.

The fourth piece was “Die junge Nonne, Op. 43, No. 1, D. 828,” which was performed by the soprano Kelly McCandless.

Kristopher Kadir stepped on stage next to play the trumpet for the fifth piece, “Concerto for Trumpet in Eb Major.”

The best piece of the show came about 35 minutes into the show as Sarah Marie Bailey stepped onto the stage for the sixth piece of the night.

Bailey sung soprano to “The Doll Song” from “The Tales of Hoffmann.” The performance was very creative, exciting, entertaining and strange. Her performance made the crowd come to life.

“It was great, everything sounded nice,” Jet Vicerra said. “The doll piece stood out to me because it had a lot of dynamics to it, very upbeat.”

Though the crowd remained more silent earlier in the show, there was a very vibrant energy during Bailey’s performance. From the laughter to the applause, the crowd was clearly enjoying her performance very much.

“The doll piece stood out to me,” Ulysses Lizarraya said. “I just thought that the singer was amazing.”

In keeping with the theme of her song, Bailey was dressed in a blue dress and white gloves, like a Disney princess come to life.

The performance following Bailey was Megumi Komori playing “Piano Concerto No. 3 in minor, Op. 37” on the piano. Her performance was the second best of the night.

The piece was a little long, lasting approximately 16 minutes long, but it sounded amazing.

“I love all the solos today, they was great they were all amazing,” Deborah Tejada, 21, music major said.

Komori’s performance was followed by an intermission, which then led into the final two performances of the night, “Concerto for Clarinet in A Major, K. 622” by clarinetist Annie Chow, and “Carmen Suite No. 2.”

The Symphony Orchestra’s next performance will be on Saturday, May 9 at 3 p.m., according to the Orchestra’s EC web page.