Concert and Symphonic Bands rock ARC Theater

The American River College Concert and Symphonic bands performed a selection based on what can be viewed as the most basic element of music, rhythm, on Nov. 10.

Numerous elements of rhythm were demonstrated at “It’s About Time!”

The director of the program, professor Susan Hamre, was thrilled with how the concert turned out.

“I was very excited to see how well the concert went. The concert band consists of first and second year students. I was proud to see how great they did playing such complex pieces,” said Hamre. “I was also impressed with the symphonic band’s performance. The players in the symphonic band are a bit more older and experienced.”

Flutist Efran Fuentes, who was also a part of the orchestra for the ARC theater production of “Young Frankenstein,” was happy as well.

“The show went really good. Playing in an orchestra is way different than playing in a musical,” said Fuentes.

“I was happy to see Placer High School there. It’s nice to see high schools taking music seriously. I’d like to encourage people to support music more. I feel like it’s an activity that uses your entire brain.” said Fuentes.

Kalen Hanson, the percussionist who played in “It’s About Time!” and was in the “Young Frankenstein” orchestra, also saw differences between playing in a musical and an orchestra.

“You have to have a certain mindset when you’re playing in an orchestra or musical. Musicals have more intensity to them, and you may have to prepare yourself for any mistakes if they occur. Orchestras are more organized and there’s less room for mistakes since there aren’t so many lines of communication,” said Hanson.

Hanson also was complimentary of the performance at “It’s About Time!”

“Overall I think Monday night’s performance went well. Having Placer High play with us was an awesome experience,” Hanson said.

Hanson also commented on the orchestra’s ability to provide accessible cultural experiences.

“There are places in downtown (Sacramento) that put on the same plays as ARC for a more expensive price. Why spend about $38 when you can see the same play that’s just as good for about $12?” said Hanson.

The next orchestra performance will be the annual holiday concert on Dec. 3 at 7: 30 p.m. Tickets are $10, and are available at or at the ARC theater box office.

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Jose Garcia
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