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Orchestra students get a chance to shine at concert

May 22, 2014

By Janet Van Vleet, Abilene Reporter-News, Texas

May 22--The school year is speeding to the end and that means all sorts of events and assemblies for students and their families.

Thursday night provides an opportunity to hear all of the students who play stringed instruments in the Abilene Independent School District at the "String Fever" concert at the Abilene Civic Center.

Darcy Radcliffe teaches orchestra at both Abilene and Cooper high schools and directs the AISD fiddle group, Revolution.

She called the free concert a "string extravaganza."

"It's a celebration of all the string orchestras in Abilene ISD," Radcliffe said, from the beginning string students in the elementary schools, to the middle and high school students. "We all come together and we all perform."

With the theme "Celebration of Cinema," the event will include songs from "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Star Wars," "Frozen" and other films.

"We're doing a really cool medley of James Bond music," Radcliffe said.

Unlike band students, orchestra students don't have a chance to show off their skills while marching at a football game, she said, adding that the annual concert allows those young musicians to showcase their talent.

Radcliffe said she is quite proud of the AISD orchestra students. The school district had 11 orchestras competing at UIL and each received top honors, she said.

The auditorium at the Civic Center seats more than 2,100 people, but that's often not enough. Radcliffe said the annual event usually is standing room only.

"It's a lot of fun and a lot of energy," she said.


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