ACA Chamber Ensemble Played at the Schnitz

By Evalina Shulikov

The Charter News- 5/1/2019

This year, our school Chamber Ensemble played at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. They played at the Schnitz on Monday, March 18th. The ensemble was invited when Ms. Mersereau signed up for the Oregon Symphony administration to get the opportunity to play at the Schnitz.

“Playing at the Schnitz is a great opportunity. You get to play in a space with great acoustics and a wonderful atmosphere. It’s great fun,” said Haladar Wright, student from the Chamber Ensemble.

Jonathan Cheskin, music teacher at ACA, was the conductor for this year’s performance. The Chamber Ensemble played “To Tame the Raging Rapids,” “Windjammer,” “Dance of the Harlequins” and “Allegretto Scherzando from Dvorak’s 8th Symphony.”

School groups usually perform after the Oregon Symphony concerts in the second floor lobby. “Students from the Chamber Ensemble class are generally required to perform, but can be excused under appropriate circumstances,” said Cheskin. The performance space is quite small so the Oregon Symphony has a maximum number of students who can play.

The Chamber orchestra has been invited to play at the Schnitz twice before, in 2015 and 2016. And this year won’t be the last. “Ms. Mersereau and I hope to return to this venue, and Ms. Mersereau is interested in taking the Symphony as well,” said Cheskin.

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Cheskin, Jonathan. Email Interview. April 18th, 2019.

Wright, Haladar. Email Interview. May 1st, 2019.