Chesterton High orchestra to perform concert Friday

2014-05-28T17:20:00Z 2014-05-28T20:39:07Z Chesterton High orchestra to perform concert FridayTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 28, 2014 5:20 pm  • 

The Chesterton High School Orchestra will present a pops concert at 6 p.m. Friday at the Chesterton Amphitheater at Coffee Creek.

Organizers said the free concert is aimed at bringing the community out to the event.

"We played a concert a few years ago at Coffee Creek, and it is a wonderful venue to relax and hear live music," said Vince Arizzi, orchestra director, in a news release. "Many people were out walking or jogging at the time, heard us playing, and came over to take in the rest of the concert."

Arizzi said the music was chosen with the general public in mind.

"We intentionally picked something from each decade, starting with the '60s, so that every audience member would enjoy something on this concert," Arizzi said. "We've got oldies, rock 'n' roll, classic rock, movie music, even Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.'"

The concert includes electric string instruments, drum set percussion, and even a vocalist.

"This is not your traditional orchestra concert ... more like a rock concert with strings," said senior cellist Josh DeVries, who will be soloing on electric cello during the song "Carry on My Wayward Son," originally by the band Kansas.

Junior Emily Mellin will also be featured as the lead vocalist on the orchestra's rendition of "Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory."

Lawn seating is available for the hourlong concert. Those who attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the Chesterton High auditorium.

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