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Concert is a band-orchestra effort-with grades 7-12

The Perham middle school and high school instrumental music department will present its mid-winter concert Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Originally, the concert was scheduled as just a middle school performance, but due to the PHS Symphony working on the Faure Requiem that was performed with the choir in late December, their concert originally scheduled for the first part of February has been combined with the middle school groups.

The fifth and sixth grade string players will open the program with three original selections written for beginning orchestra.

The seventh and eighth grade band follows, borrowing a tune from the orchestra world Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," as well as performing "Discovery 1492" and a medley from "The Little Mermaid."

The sixth grade band also has three songs on the program, two of which should sound familiar. One is a set of variations on a children's song, the other a rock standard from John Mellencamp.

Between those two, they will play a piece entitled "Anasazi." The seventh-eighth grade strings will wrap up the middle school portion of the concert with three songs: "Appalachian Sunrise," which was composed for middle school orchestra, "Manassas Memories" - a medley of Civil War tunes, and a piece written by Clint Eastwood (yes, Dirty Harry) from the movie "Flags of Our Fathers."

The PHS Symphony wraps up the concert with a variety of dance music from disco to classical, swing to folk.

The only selection that will be unfamiliar is their opener, "City Nights." The two selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got that Swing)" should be recognizable from their names; Dvorak's folk-song based "Slavonic Dance" might not ring any bells by its name, but the melody will probably prove familiar. The combined grade 7-12 strings will wrap up the concert with a piece entitled "A Southwest Serenade." This piece includes snippets from a number of folk songs from the desert southwest.

The concert is free to the public.