Clarinetist Pedro Castro, 2010 Concerto Competition winner, was among the highlights of the “Orchestra Concerto Concert” in the Sexson Auditorium on April 17.The concert was conducted by Jo Raquel Stoup and Robin Sharp. PCC’s Orchestra showcased different pieces, including “Billy the Kid Suite” by Aaron Copland and “First Essay for Orchestra” by Samuel Barber.
Castro performed his rendition of “Concerto for Clarinet” by Carl Maria von Weber. Even though this was his first solo performance and he was overwhelmed, Castro won a huge applause from the audience.
“It was something I really wanted to do,” he said. “I finally had a chance to do it and I’m just overjoyed.”
Another standout performance was the group’s version of “Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar. The ensemble played selected variations from the piece, with some upbeat and dramatic notes.
Music major Nathanael Evans enjoyed the concert. “This concert has been great,” he said. “I love the first piece. It started a little off but then they played well when the tempo changed.”
Evans also adored the solo performance from Castro.
“He is talented and his performance was good,” he added. “I always enjoy seeing him perform.”
The concert ended with “Danza Finale” by Alberto Ginastera. The piece had some great notes from the orchestra. It was fast paced and sounded intense.
Castro was glad to be part of the concert. “Everyone did a wonderful job,” he said. “The concert has a good atmosphere, which makes it more enjoyable.”
Conductor Stoup was satisfied with the group’s performance.
“They did a terrific job,” she said. “I really challenged them this semester. They played some difficult pieces and fared well.
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