Mustang quartet promotes school music program

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Mustangs Mikayla Stokes, Angelina Ortiz, Lucy Crank and Briana Moon help promote the LRHS music program.

Angelina Ortiz – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Orchestra assembled an honors quartet to perform at events around the community in order to inform the public about the quality of the school’s orchestra program.

“It’s a very valuable part of a string orchestra program to have a group of ambassadors to represent the program in the public,” said LRHS orchestra teacher Daniel Shafer.

The quartet most recently performed at the annual Lakewood’s Got Talent show on Wednesday, Oct. 2 as a noncompetitive act to showcase their abilities to the school for the first time this year. They performed the fourth movement of the St. Paul Suite by Gustav Holst.

The quartet rotates between senior violinist Lily Potter, junior violinist Mikayla Stokes, junior violinist Brianna Noon, senior violist Lucy Crank, and senior cellist Angelina Ortiz to make sure all section leaders from the Lakewood Camerata Orchestra get to perform.

“I like being able to play with other leaders from the orchestra because we know each other well and can work together to create a performance that is best for the whole orchestra,” said Potter.

The group debuted on Thursday, Sept. 26 for the grand opening of the new Publix in Parrish. They prepared a half hour of music and cycled through that repertoire to perform for an hour and a half as customers walked by and watched.

“It was a lot of fun to go to places that we don’t normally go to and perform there for all different kinds of people,” said Noon regarding the Publix performance.

Shafer said, “The quartet makes an impact because they get to perform for people that wouldn’t normally come to our performances.”

The LRHS Orchestra Quartet will perform again for an event at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7 at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

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