Bobcat Orchestra to perform movie music during fall concert


Evening includes raffle for diamond jewelry

BROOKINGS – The Brookings High School Bobcat Orchestra presents their fall concert Let’s Go to the Movies. The performance is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Bell Auditorium in Brookings High School.

The intermission during the concert will feature the song “Palladio,” which many people will recognize from a diamond ad from the 1990s. In conjunction with that piece, the Orchestra Boosters will hold a raffle for two pendants from Riddle’s Jewelry in Brookings: a 1/3-carat-weight twinkling diamond pendant set in 10-karat white gold valued at $1,000, and a sterling silver treble clef with a diamond accent with a value of $72.

Raffle tickets to win the necklaces are $5 apiece or five for $20. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase before the concert and at Brookings High School between Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. All proceeds will go toward the Orchestra Boosters scholarship.

“This is our main fundraiser for scholarship funding this year,” Orchestra Booster President Andrea Schmidt said. “We are so excited that Riddle’s Jewelry worked with us on acquiring the diamond pendant, and they generously donated the treble clef necklace. It’s a fun addition to what promises to be an amazing concert.”

The orchestra is directed by Kathy Winghart, who has led the program to great success. When she started at BHS nine years ago, there were only three orchestra students, which is now a distant memory.

“We have more than 105 students in the high school orchestra this year,” Winghart said. “For the first time, we have two full orchestras performing, because we can’t fit everyone on the stage at one time. Both orchestras have worked hard to make this concert fun and exciting.”

The concert will include songs from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Coco,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Star Wars,” “Beauty and the Beast” and more. 

Tickets for Let’s Go to the Movies by the Bobcat Orchestra are $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and K-12 students. Activity passes will be accepted.

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