Students’ robot to lead Walton Orchestra
by Hannah Morgan
December 13, 2013 12:00 AM | 2257 views | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A roughly 7-foot robot will lead the Walton High School Orchestra as its members perform the Styx song ‘Mr. Roboto’ on Friday night at its winter concert. Above and below: Members of the orchestra perform recently. <br>Special to the MDJ
A roughly 7-foot robot will lead the Walton High School Orchestra as its members perform the Styx song ‘Mr. Roboto’ on Friday night at its winter concert. Above and below: Members of the orchestra perform recently.
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MARIETTA — A roughly 7-foot robot will lead the Walton High School Orchestra as its members perform the Styx song “Mr. Roboto” on Friday night at its winter concert.

Robot student-made

A group of about 12 students have worked for months to construct the moving robot, which is trained and prepared to hold a baton and lead the school’s top orchestras through the 1980s rock song.

“It’s going to be awesome and crazy,” said orchestra director Perry Holbrook.

The robot conductor is named iRobot, and Holbrook has seen new friendships formed from rehearsals with both the robotics students and orchestra students this year.

The school’s top three orchestras, including about 120 students in the Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Symphonia Orchestra, will perform a number of advanced songs, ranging from classical to jazz.

ASO involvement Holbrook, who has been teaching orchestra at Walton since 2001, said this year’s group of students is exceptionally advanced. The level of music they are performing is at a professional level, which is why many members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have joined the group during rehearsals all semester, he said.

Jay Christy, a violin player in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will also be performing as a guest soloist with the school’s top orchestra during the 15-minute piece, “The Lark Ascending.”

Advanced students

The Walton students have been able to prepare the holiday concert songs in under three months, Holbrook said, and have devoted hours of time, both inside and outside of class, on mastering the music.

“It’s taken pretty much everything we’ve had to put it together,” Holbrook said.

Tonight’s show is expected to be sold out, filling the 650-seat Bailey Center at Kennesaw State University.

Tickets are free, but spots are expected to fill up quickly, Morgan said. Those interested in going are asked to contact Patti Morgan at pmorgan@mcon2.com.

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If you go:

• WHAT: Walton High School’s Winter Concert

• WHEN: Today

• WHERE: The Bailey Center at Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, 30144

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December 13, 2013
maybe an answer for staff costs?
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