WMU Symphony Orchestra performs at Dalton Center

The Orchestra's performance lasted for almost two hours and received a standing ovation from the audience.

The Dalton Center hosted a performance by the WMU Symphony Orchestra at its recital hall Sunday afternoon. Students were invited to a free showing of the Orchestra's work, performing pieces such as “Poet and Peasant Overture,”“Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra,”and “Symphony Number 7 in A Major.”

“We are merely actors trying to portray the music the way the composer intended,” said Bruce Uchimura, Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra. “We have to be convincing to the audience in order for them to enjoy and understand the music.”

The highlight of the performance was the Oboe solo, Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra performed by Alex Hayashi.

“I started working on this piece several years ago while I was still a student, but I’ve never performed it with an orchestra,” said Hayashi. “It took about a week to memorize the concerto. It wasn’t too difficult but the challenge was. . . fitting it together with the orchestra.”

Hayashi was noticeably animated onstage during his performance, giving the audience as much of a visual representation of his piece as he was giving an audible one. He explained how his movements helped him to not only get more into the music but also to quell some of his stage anxiety. 

“It’s almost hard not to move,” Hayashi said. “It’s something that naturally comes out with what I’m feeling.”

While Hayashi uses his movements to calm his nerves on stage, Principal Flutist Bronte Spondike uses meditation before a performance. 

“I was told to channel that nervous anxiety into the ground,” Spondike said. “It’s also beneficial as a soloist. . . visualizing what’s about to happen.”

WMU’s Symphony Orchestra will host their next performance on February 9th, 2020 in Miller Auditorium, featuring the “Moxie Strings” Diana Ladio on Violin, and Ali Harburda on Cello performing“Conga del Fuego Nuevo” by Arturo Marquez and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4 in F Minor.”

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