This was the last day of Wakuwaku. Instrument demonstrations have been peaking all week and today was no exception. Santa Baby, Mr.Grinch, and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas from the bassoons, I Will Survive and Survivor in a brilliant medley from the violins, a fugue on the Nokia theme from the clarinets, Gangnam Style from the trombones, the persistent We Will Rock you from the tuba with an always changing middle section–sometimes a Christmas song, sometimes a quote of another section's presentation–and on and on. Sometimes it's the music selection and sometimes it's the arrangement that's amusing. It's one of the funnest things that we get to do and it's really picked up a notch this year. The kids also seem to really enjoy it and it made me think that it would be a cool idea to do this sort of project for a normal orchestra concert in place of an overture. A piece composed or arranged by the musicians of the orchestra, displaying their instrument. It's such a fun way for the musicians of the orchestra to share themselves and their instrument.
After the second concert, a group of HPAC friends fled very quickly for a trip to South Korea where they will eat lots of delicious things and enjoy the magic of Seoul. I've yet to go and will miss seeing them, but after hugging them farewell and wishing them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, my thoughts are settling on the break before me. The excitement of a routine about to be disturbed. Wakuwaku, indeed.