Pops Concert takes guests around the world

One of TCU’s Band Directors, Chad Bieniek, directs one of the performing bands at the Spring Pops Concert on Friday, May 17 at the TCU High School Gymnasium. (Wade Young Photo)

 

Guests to the TCU High School Music Department’s spring concert traveled the world last Friday in the comfort of the TCU gymnasium through “Destinations! Spring Pops Concert”.
 
More than 425 people attended the annual spring tradition that began with a dinner and entertainment. Seated at tables with cloth table coverings and candlelights, people heard the musical abilities of students in TCU Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band and extra-curricular, audition-based ensemble, ENCORE! Under the direction of band conductors Chad Bieniek and Tark Katzenmeyer, choir conductor Kristin Kivell and accompanist Sandy Gallagher, the students performed more than 31 musical numbers from around the world. Selections included “Viva La Vida”, “Italian Dance”, “El Choclo” and a Greek folk song suite.
 
The band and choir directors didn’t stop at highlighting the ensembles’ musical abilities. Several students were also chosen to perform solo pieces. Austin Menk performed a piano sonata No. 14 in C# minor “Moonlight” Mvt. 3, and Ryan Rosival was a soloist in the song “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme). 
 
Guests also received more than a bag of peanuts during their musical world tour. The event’s caterer, Pizzeria 201, served home-baked macaroni and cheese and a dish with penne pasta and sliced Italian sausages and peppers, along with a garden salad and homemade breadsticks.