By Rick Morwick
When a collection of Fishers High School orchestras and choirs performed at the Palladium last year for the very first time, Todd McCready called it a “world-class” experience.
He expects this year’s ensembles to enjoy the same experience.
“For many students, this will be the nicest performance venue in which they’ve been able to perform,” said McCready, director of concert bands for FHS. “Additionally, they get to hear excellent music performed by their most dedicated peers.
“At this point in the school year, all the music ensembles are firing on all cylinders, tackling different repertoire and sounding very polished and mature musically.”
Student musicians and singers will get their chance to shine on the Palladium stage April 22 during the Fishers High School Performing Arts Showcase Ensemble. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
The showcase will feature instrumental performances by the school’s Wind Symphony & Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, and singing performances by its Electrum and Sound choirs.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at thecenterpresents.org. McCready recommends anyone interested in attending to not delay their purchase.
“So far, there seems to be high demand for this concert as evidenced by how well tickets are selling,” he said. “It is great for our students to be able to perform for a full audience, especially when they have such a good musical product.
“I am especially looking forward to hearing the choirs and orchestras because most of my day I am consumed with the bands’ preparations.”
The bands and choirs, which prepare during regular class time, have spent most of the semester tuning up for this particular show.
“Most of the pieces we will perform are college-level literature, so it has taken extra individual and section preparation,” McCready said. “We have invited well-known area musicians, especially from nearby colleges and the ISO (Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra), to come work with small groups of our students and have held a few evening rehearsals with many of the groups. I hope it is very apparent to all in attendance (at the concert) that there is a lot of good music education going on at Fishers High School. For the students, especially, I hope it is a very positive and memorable night, giving them feelings of satisfaction that only performing music can do.”