On Saturday Megan had her last performance (in the U.S.) with the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premiere Orchestra.
This time I remembered there was a balcony so I was up top taking pictures. Since I like organization, I was a bit fascinated by how neat and tidy all the chairs were before everyone comes out. It is quite amazing to me how they set up the exact number of chairs for the exact number of musicians (in this case for the Premier Orchestra, which is the largest one, I think).
First the Classic Orchestra performed. There appeared to be some confusion though, as the concerts usually are on Sunday. One-third of the orchestra appeared to be missing.
But even with the missing people, they sounded great.
Then the Premier Orchestra came up. Just about everyone made it there.
They sure are a great orchestra. It was very enjoyable listening to their music.
In the middle, I went down the three flights of stairs to the ground floor to take some shots.
By far, my favorite part was listening to Fantee Jones play a piano concerto.
Afterwards she came out for an encore and played an incredible arrangement of Turkish March by Mozart — spiced up a bit. I had to pick my jaw off the floor after she was done. I can’t believe she is only 16 years old!
Here’s a video of her playing the piece from an earlier performance.
I enjoyed the performance so much that I didn’t want to miss any of it, so I stayed up stairs… only got balcony shots. As a piano player I know how difficult playing that is… but she sure made it look easy!
It’s been a privilege for Megan to play with the SYS, but I must say we sure will not miss all the driving out for practices. There is another week of rehearsals coming up as they prepare to tour Europe. But for now there’s a break that we will enjoy! The SYS is an outstanding program — many thanks to all those who lead and make it possible!