We believe that classical music is exciting... and we have a Guinness World Record to prove it! Our Redmond school orchestras get out of the classroom often, participating in local festivals and competitions and traveling the country, from Disneyland to Carnegie Hall, to perform. To demonstrate how exciting a classical ensemble performance could be, we organized String Jam '10 in April 2010, which set a record for the world's largest string ensemble, with 392 musicians from age 5 to 75.
Here's a quick rundown of some of our upcoming and past events. To see more, please visit our YouTube channel or our Flickr photostream.
2016: Carnegie Hall
The Redmond High School Studio Jazz Orchestra recently performed at Carnegie Hall as part of MidAmerica Productions’ Ensemble Spotlight series.
2015: A Two Night Concert Series with Brett Deubner
Two amazing concerts featuring international violist Brett Deubner, accompanied by the RHS Mustang Symphony Orchestra, 2014-2015 LWSD High School Honor Orchestra, and RHS Chamber Orchestra.
2015: W-ASTA/WWU Orchestra Festival
String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra had an outstanding weekend at the W-ASTA/WWU Orchestra Festival in Bellingham.
In April 2014, the Redmond High School orchestras traveled to the Disneyland Resort to perform songs from the movie Frozen at the Hollywood Backlot Stage in Disney California Adventure. They also got to work with professional musicians to learn how to record the music scores to Disney films.
2013: Carnegie Hall
The Redmond High School Orchestras were invited to return to Carnegie Hall for a performance on March 31, 2013. The group performed two movements of Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for String Orchestra; Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, featuring a cello solo by senior Kyu Kim; and two movements of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88. They did a phenomenal job! Check out our photos and learn more about our exciting encore performance in New York City at our Carnegie 2013 page.
2012: Mini String Jams
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice! Through our Mini String Jams, high school musicians help elementary students learn the basics with group lessons and ensemble performances. It's a great opportunity for younger musicians to see what it's like in the high school orchestra room. Hopefully, our Mini String Jammers will be back in the high school orchestra room on their own before too long... ready to make their own trek to Carnegie Hall!
Barrage, an internationally renowned string music group from Alberta, visited Redmond High School in May 2011. The musicians held an afternoon workshop for students from throughout the district, and then took the stage for an energetic performance. Students were able to join in on the final number, a big change from the usual scales and Tchaikovsky.
In March 2011, the Redmond High School orchestras, bands, and choir loaded up a truck and took off for a little sun. They spent a week at Disneyland, performing in the bandstand and working with professional musicians to learn how to record the music scores to Disney films. Watch our orchestra in action in video 1 and video 2 as they get into the Disney spirit with a little Pirates of the Caribbean.
2010: String Jam '10
On April 10, 2010, 392 bassists, cellists, violinists, and violists set a Guinness World Record for the world's largest string ensemble! String Jam '10 gave our orchestras the chance to perform alongside hundreds of musicians from the community, from kindergarteners to professionals. We think we are probably one of the only school orchestra groups in the world to have our own world record. Want to experience it yourself? Check out the Redmond Reporter's video of the event.
2009: Carnegie Hall
In May 2009, 42 students from Redmind High School and Redmond Junior High made their Carnegie Hall debut, with Mrs. Fergus:on on the conductor's podium. Our orchestra successfully auditioned for a spot, and spent the year practicing and fundraising to prepare for the trip to New York City. We have been invited back, and we are making plans for an encore performance on March 31, 2013.
2009: Experience the Music
As part of our fundraising for the Carnegie Hall trip, we invited electric violinist Geoffrey Castle to perform for our orchestras. He included students from throughout the district in his performance, leading them in a string rendition of "Smoke on the Water," which became the inspiration for String Jam '10.