By Kevin Shannahan
Northwestern State University’s Magale Recital Hall was the place to hear some of the area’s finest musicians Tuesday, Dec 11th as the Natchitoches Middle School and Natchitoches Central Orchestras presented their Christmas concerts.
The young men and women of the Natchitoches Magnet School began their concert first. Each grade level, from 5th to 8th played a variety of Christmas and seasonal pieces. Mr. Evan Korn has led the orchestra since 2013 and is doing a wonderful job of developing the musical abilities of his young musicians. We look forward to hearing them perform throughout their careers in middle and high school. Well done!
The Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra then took the stage for their concert under the direction of Mrs. Syll-Young Lee Olson, their long time director and a stalwart of the parish’s musical education programs. The hard work and preparation of the young people as they grew throughout their tenure in the orchestras in Middle Lab and Natchitoches Magnet is evident as they continue to grow and learn in the award winning NCHS Orchestra. The orchestra performed a range of popular, classic and sacred musical pieces. The concert also featured the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and an absolutely superb vocal solo by Ms. Melanie Nation. The concert ended with a rendition of the “Carol of the Bells” that brought down the house.
The Natchitoches Parish Public Schools have excellent music program at all of their middle and high schools. Under the tutelage of dedicated, talented and caring teachers, the young people learn more than music. They learn the value of hard work and persevering towards a worthy goal. Music education builds better men and women. Thanks to all of the orchestra members for a wonderful evening! The photo album is open. Merry Christmas, download any you wish!