March 28, 2014 at 2:04 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston High School (LHS) hosted its 38thAnnual All Township Music Festival on Wednesday, March 26, for Livingston residents to enjoy the LHS Orchestra and Chorus, Heritage Middle School Advanced Orchestra, All Township Elementary Band, Mt. Pleasant Middle School Concert Choruses, and the Heritage Middle School Eighth Grade Band.
Hundreds attended this musical festival, with every seat packed inside the LHS auditorium. Orchestra and chorus members were dressed formally in black and white—a sleek look that highlighted the elegance of the night.
First up was the LHS Orchestra, playing “Themes from Symphony No. 40 in G Minot,” which started the night with a catchy beat, along with many synchronized movements. The first chorus song was “Kawouno Wan Gi Pi,” a Kenyan melody, followed by an Italian song called, “Con Te Partirò.”
Next up was the Heritage Middle School Advanced Orchestra, which performed the songs, “Handel Suite” and “Simple Gifts.”
“There was such good energy during the performance and it just felt awesome,” said Ingrid Carlson, a tenth grader at LHS, who has been playing the viola in the school orchestra for the past two years.
In the All Township Elementary Band, the kids were chosen from selective auditions and were considered unique, having had only one rehearsal to practice. From the All Township Elementary Band, the audience heard the songs: “Desert Caravan” and “Heroes and Glory.”
Dr. Alfieri, Superintendent of Schools, gave a warm goodbye to Anthony Schmaus, one of the conductors, who is retiring and will “be missed by his colleagues for his quality of ensembles.”
In the Mt. Pleasant Middle School Concert Choruses, Teams Three and Four sang, “I Love the Mountains,” followed by Team One and Two singing, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.” The combined teams’ chorus sang, “El Ritmo De La Noche. “
The Heritage Middle School Eighth Grade Band ended the night with a bang—singing “Angelic Festival” and “Flight of Eagles.”
“The practices required focus but they were also a lot of fun,” said Meredith Harris, a ninth grader in the LHS chorus. “Mr. Salzman teaches us a lot of skills that help us improve, while making it entertaining.”