Orchestra prepares for upcoming shows

The orchestra hosted its annual Carnivale and Chili Cook-off on Oct. 29 in the Chap Court. All of the orchestras participated, playing two or three songs each. Members played their instruments while dressed up in Halloween costumes and after performing, they enjoyed the multiple types of chili and a buffet of desserts. There was also a raffle that allowed participants the opportunity to win party baskets full of chocolate, candy and other goodies. All the proceeds of the night went to the orchestra.
“The Chili Carnivale is super fun, and it’s a great break from the usual formality of orchestra,” cellist sophomore Patrick Byrd said.
The orchestra’s next concert will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 2, in the Performing Arts Center. Additionally, the Symphony A and Symphony B orchestras will perform the music accompanying The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-14 in the PAC. The orchestra has been practicing this music since October, and expects it to be a great show.
“The Nutcracker is by far the most fun part of the year,” violinist senior Caroline Zagorin said. “It makes me so excited every time I hear all of the music because it is so festive. It is a super fun show to play, and the production is always fantastic.”