Orchestra and Dance Students Perform after Lengthy Pandemic Hiatus

William Maher

Greenhill Orchestra will be performing at their first concert in two years on Monday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Rose Hall.

This year, they will be working with the Greenhill Dance Company and Middle School Dance (MS Dance).

“[It is a] good way to highlight getting back to live performances on campus by showcasing both Dance Company and Middle School Dance,” said Upper and Middle School dance instructor Kelly McCain. “It is an opportunity for the Middle School dancers to collaborate with the Dance Company and the Upper School Orchestra.”

This is their first concert not only this year but in the past two years due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“I am looking forward to playing in person for the first time in a really long time,” said freshman Sherry Zhang.

Every year, the first concert of the year is in collaboration with the Dance Company and MS Dance. This adds a separate element to these concerts.

“It is certainly interesting because you can see how people move, and how other people can interpret the piece you’re playing,” said senior violinist Pranav Mukund.

One of the pieces the orchestra is playing is “The Second Movement of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.”

“Much of the great repertoire in orchestra and ballet is by [Tchaikovsky],” said Middle and Upper School Orchestra and Strings teacher Nick Paraskevas.

The orchestra, Dance Company and Middle School Dance rehearsed for their concert this week.

“I had so much fun rehearsing with the high schoolers and the orchestra,” said eighth-grader Myra Puri.