Movie and traditional classical tunes alike mingled together on Temple City High School’s annual outdoor Pops Concert.
A “Pops” concert, which stands for popular, contains modern day music, stemming from eclectic sources such as movies and jazz bands.
The festival began with the Advanced Orchestra and band, headed by Mr. Bart Ferntheil. A timeless concerto was played, and after the audience waited in anticipation for “Superman Returns.”
Mr. Bailey led the program after, and conducted for the entirely-9th grade beginning orchestra. Though young, the group marvelously performed the theme from television’s West Wing. A transposed medley of Green Day songs got the audience cheering, while festive tunes from Grease were equally exciting.
The event showcased the Honors Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, which require an audition for admittance. Chuck Mangione’s “Children of Sanchez” bopped out hearty beats from the trumpets, and followed by lulling melodies from the strings. Features from West Side Story (I Feel Pretty, Maria, America) ensued after. “Flight of Valor,” a patriotic theme honoring the crash of flight 93, made wings sprout into the air fittingly in light of the coming Memorial Day.
Though the last complete concert of the year, the band and orchestra will continue to play in smaller, if not more demanding, events. Highlights include: TCHS’ Spring Cavalcade and the Honors Orchestra’s concert at the Disney Concert Hall.
This article was written by Randy Shun. It was published in the Temple City Voice on June 4, 2008.