On Wednesday 1st April 2015, musicians from all three campuses at BIS came together for their annual spring concert at Ben Thanh Theatre, District 1. This year’s theme ‘Friends Around the World’ focussed on taking the audience away on a musical journey. The An Phu Primary Campus and Tu Xuong Campus opened the concert this year with a combined performance of ‘We Belong Together’.
The An Phu Primary Campus then remained on stage to perform a range of different pieces. Their performance of ‘We’re all in this together’ from the MP3 Choir was definitely a favorite amongst the audience members, alongside the combined choir and orchestra performance of ‘Give a little bit’.
Our second half of the concert was opened by the TX campus and some of their highlights was the beautiful performance of ‘For Good’ from the musical ‘Wicked’ performed by the TX Chamber Choir and their combined TX Orchestra and Choir piece ‘Like an Eagle’.
There has been a steady increase in our student’s involvement in musical activities at all three campuses but in Secondary in particular, we have so many students involved in the extensive variety of ensembles we offer, that we have now taken to showcasing the talent we have on offer in the foyer of the theatre, prior to the main concert. The TX String Ensemble performed two pieces as part of the foyer musicians, alongside the AP2 Clarinet Group and Brass Band. These ensembles entertained our audience members whilst they waited to take their seat inside the theatre, with some energetic performances that included ‘Three for tea’ and ‘Rigaudon’. During the concert the An Phu Secondary campus showcased its musical talent with a variety of different ensembles but some of the highlights were performances of ‘Past time with good company’ from the Concert Band and the Chamber Orchestra with their performance of the Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’. These pieces were both technically challenging and the students performed these pieces both stylistically and energetically. In contrast to these pieces, the String Ensemble’s performance of ‘You Raise My Up’ set a warm and homely tone to the evening, alongside the delicate and well executed Flute Choir performances of ‘Lakme’ (Flower Duet). The Chamber Choir’s passionate and accomplished performance of a piece called ‘If I could catch a rainbow’ was rounded off superbly by the lyrical piano and cello accompaniment that entwined the piece.
The evening ended with a grand finale piece ‘Gloria from the Organ Symphony’ by Saint-Saens, which included all 410 performers from all three campuses. Our numbers of students participating in Music activities has impressively grown again and this year has been the biggest amount of students involved to date. The students have worked very hard over Term 2 to put our musical showcase evening together and we, the music department would like to congratulate them for their constant support and commitment throughout the last few months. I watch our students with admiration. Their strength and enthusiasm is remarkable and this year as I stood on stage for the finale and absorbed this sea of faces, smiling and enjoying their well-earned moment to shine, I felt not just proud of our students, I felt incredibly lucky to have worked with them.
A DVD is being put together as a memento of the evening. These will be available to purchase at a later date from the cashier and I will inform students of when they will be available.
Sarah James, Director of Music