The Pacific Philharmonic orchestra took the stage in April alongside the classic rock band Kansas. The band played its hits, accompanied by the orchestra that features about 60 students and 20 community members. It was part of Kansas’ Symphony Rocks tour around the United States.
Pacific student Justin Redona was selected to perform a solo during the band’s legendary classic, Dust in the Wind. Though Redona said he didn’t know the song before being selected for the solo, the whole experience expanded his musical repertoire. “It’s a learning process, the whole experience,” he said. “It’s broadened the way I play.”
Meanwhile, Pacific Philharmonic conductor Bryce Seliger said the concert is an example of what she believes is a critical link between rock and classical music. “I don’t think Beethoven has gone out of style,“ she said.“I think we just forgot how to market it.”