Strictly Strings Performing Arts Concert

by Sandiela Dimatulac

Last Saturday, I attended the “Strictly Strings” Winter Guitar and Orchestra concert, which was held in the Bob Guess Theater here at West Hills. The show was put on by both the Advanced Guitar class and the Advanced Orchestra Class. Mr. Steve Lorentz was the conductor for both groups, as he is the teacher of both classes. Each class performed songs that the have been learning throughout the course of the semester and there were quite a few solo performances that I enjoyed as well. The night was filled with amazing music and talent from both classes.

Tickets were $8 for students and $10 for adults, which I felt was a reasonable price considering the money goes to West Hills Performing Arts program. Upon entering they were also selling snacks and water, which I also thought was a nice addition since I do tend to get hungry and have the urge to snack when I am in the audience. Finding seats was not too hard, but the theater was perhaps ¾ of the way full and all of the seats in the front were occupied when I arrived. The show began with the Advanced Guitar class on stage. I thought the first 2 songs sounded very nice, but my favorite song they performed has to be “Exogenesis Symphony 3” by Muse. Though I am not a guitar player myself and therefore cannot comment on their technique, I still loved it wholeheartedly. They finished off with a song called, “Dueling Banjos” and exited. The Orchestra then came on stage and played 5 songs. I was mesmerized instantly with the fluidity of their playing and could not wait to hear more. I am an avid fan of classical music, and their pieces made me fall in love with music all over again. My favorite piece overall was a cover of “Time” by Hans Zimmer from the soundtrack of the movie, Inception.

Overall, I was very impressed with how talented our Performing Arts program is. This was just another show of how amazing and deserving they are of our recognition. My hope in the future is that school concerts like this one will begin to become more significant in high school culture, and overall more appreciated. A job well done to Mr. Lorentz, the Guitar Program, and the Orchestra Program. I will definitely be on the lookout for the Spring Concert!