Upper school orchestra performs in annual Spring Concert


Melissa Kwan

The Upper School Orchestra performed in Harker’s annual Spring Concert, held at De Anza’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, today. The Spring Concert was the last performance of the school year for Harker’s orchestras.

by Anika Rajamani and Neal Sidhu

The Upper School Orchestra performed in this year’s annual Spring Concert at De Anza College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center today.

The event also featured both the middle and lower school orchestras. Tickets for the concert, which cost $8 for students and seniors, $15 for adults and $25 for reserved seats, went on sale two weeks before the production. Students were invited to purchase seats for the event through an online link.

The Spring Concert is the final performance of the year for Harker’s orchestras, and members of the Upper School Orchestra ended the night by commemorating each of the graduating seniors of their group. Players from every section of the orchestra gave speeches about their favorite memories with the seniors of their sections. Oboist Arushee Bhoja (10) presented the speech for principal oboist Antony Sagayaraj (12).

“I definitely put a lot of effort into the speech I gave for Antony. I wanted to make sure I honored all the hard work he’s contributed to the group over the past few years,” Arushee said. “I think giving speeches is a really fun way for us to bond as an orchestra.”

Upper School Orchestra conductor Chris Florio also spoke about each senior and his experiences with working with them as musicians during their high school music career.

“Our Spring Concert is always a challenging program but also our senior musicians’ last performance, so a lot of the night will be about them. That’s always what I’m most excited about—honoring them and all the work they’ve done this year and all the years before,” Florio said.

Friends and family members of the orchestra seniors brought gifts, cards and posters to honor their loved ones’ musical accomplishments.

Although the Upper School Orchestra has had to adjust to their new classroom in the gym as a result of construction, they have continued to perform in many different performing arts concerts throughout the year. Over spring break, the orchestra traveled to New York and performed in Carnegie Hall.