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More Pop for Orchestra! Friday, November 19, 2010

STRING TEACHERS!  You probably program a Pops Concert some time during the school year, so for a fresh new batch of outstandingly programmable popular and other lighter string orchestra titles, check out Hal Leonard Publishing’s recent national orchestra mailer that you should have gotten recently.  Here are Stanton’s Top Choices of the best sounding, most educationally valid selections from Hal Leonard’s pop music offerings.

Grade 3/4, Arr. Larry Moore
It’s true – Lady Gaga for String Orchestra – and it works!  Play them as a medley or separately – Pokerface, Bad Romance and Just Dance.

Grade 3/4, Arr. Robert Longfield
Just like Viva La Vida, this Coldplay mega hit has infectious riffs and energetic drive for great student appeal.

Grade 3/4, Arr. James Kazik
Well-paced medley of Four Seasons songs from the hit musical – Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll, Walk Like a Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.

I SEE YOU (From Avatar)
Grade 3/4, James Horner/Robert Longfield
The pop song sung over the end credits of the blockbuster film, Avatar, in a effective, dramatic presentation for string orchestra.

Grade 2, Leonard Cohen/arr. Robert Longfield
Now your string orchestra can play “the minor fall, the major lift” just like Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, and Shrek!

For more great orchestra recommendations, contact Stanton’s!

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