A new pop music sextet ensemble is emerging on campus. Peter Nam, a current member of Fifth Form and the principal cellist in the Groton Chamber Orchestra, decided to organize this group to communicate with and serve others through music. This idea came to him at the beginning of the past summer when he was a part of a medical service trip to the Philippines. Delighted by his experience during the trip, he was inspired to form a musical group that performed simply for the sake of the pleasing the audience, and transformed his dreams into a reality when he returned to Groton this year.
This new group consists of two violins, two cellos, one viola, and one clarinet. Candace Tong-Li and Ivana Primero are the violinists, while Evan Haas and Peter Nam himself are playing the cellos in this ensemble. JJ Kim and Taichi Kobayashi are the two soloists of the group, playing the viola and the clarinet respectively. Peter had no problem putting together this ensemble of young, talented musicians because the members who were asked to join expressed a lot of enthusiasm for performing together. However, he discovered a challenge in finding a common free time among six members in the group for the group’s practices.
The group chose to perform pop music, since this genre of music is one that most people can relate to and is approachable to its audience. They are planning to perform at Our Father’s House and Transitions in the near future. The group is currently working on its repertoire, which consists of “Secrets” by One Republic, “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay, “Snow” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Dream On” by Aerosmith, and “Concerning Hobbits” by Howard Shore from the renowned movie, The Lord of the Rings.
Peter’s goal for the ensemble is to create a group that meets regularly whenever the time is convenient for members. He also hopes that this group still continues to perform after he graduates, even though this is a student organized group. When asked what the group wanted to accomplish by performing, he replied, “We want to let people know that music is a very effective means of service and of communicating with others.”