The Harker Heights High School Orchestra performed its annual winter concert Dec. 13 for about 250 people.
“It went quite well. The kids were happy with it, the audience was happy with it, and I’m happy with it,” said Jeremy Cameron, orchestra director.
Cabaret piano players Karen Alba and Alexandria Gay, who both play in the orchestra, entertained concert-goers with Christmas carols in the lobby prior to the show and at intermission.
The symphony orchestra opened with two traditional pieces: “Greensleeves,” and “Stille Nacht.” The guitar ensemble followed with “Little Drummer Boy,” “Greensleeves,” “Jingle Bells,” “Pachelbel Canon” and “Pat-a-Pan.”
After a brief intermission, the string orchestra continued the program with holiday classics — “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Joy to the World” and “Away in a Manger” — and played some lesser-known works like “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella.”
Some surprises included an electric guitar and drumset on the Tran-Siberian Orchestra finale piece “Faith Noel.”
“We play music and go out in competitions … to be the best we can be,” said viola player Carlos Torres, adding he looks forward to regional competitions at Baylor University in February.
Presley Delapaz, a 2012 Harker Heights High School graduate and science major at University of North Texas, returned to see his alma mater’s winter concert.
Sheila Donahue, fine arts director for the Killeen Independent School District, weighed in on the production. “Oh, it was magnificent.”
“This has been a long time coming and Mr. Cameron has done an outstanding job,” she said. “We’re building the orchestra program, string program, and I can die a happy woman now.”