The Delavan-Darien High School String Choir performed a concert at the Delavan United Church of Christ on Sunday, February 16th.
The featured selection was Archangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 10.
A concerto grosso is a multi-movement chamber work with a group of soloists, called a “concertino,” accompanied by a small orchestra and piano, called the “ripieno.”
DDHS strings players Vanessa Rosales, Aaron Wojciechowski and Amanda Lee made up the “concertino” with challenging solos.
The string choir also performed favorites from their “gig” folders including Ashokan Farewell, Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Purcell’s Chaconne and Eleanor Rigby.
The DDHS String Choir is not the Orchestra. The DDHS Orchestra is made up of all 54 string students at the high school and meets daily as a class.
The String Choir is made up the the section leaders of the Orchestra and works beyond the school day in before- and after-school rehearsals and performs “gigs” in the community.
They also prepare advanced works such as the Corelli for the Wisconsin School Music Association’s annual Solo and Ensemble Festival.
String choir members include: Vanessa Rosales, Alonzo Ortiz, Alina Moreno, Amanda Lee, Mary Sibilski, Liam McPherson, Aaron Wojciechowski, Katherine Riley and Haylie Rogers and Eliah Nelson.
The String Choir enjoyed performing at the UCC.
“The acoustics of the church are amazing, the people there are incredibly kind and generous, it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon,” said Jennifer Bayerl, DDHS and Phoenix Middle School orchestra teacher.