The Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Orchestra debuted a work by PWHS 2014 graduate Tom Krumm at their spring concert on Thursday, April 26. The piece, titled Slippery Slope, was originally written by Jay Unger, a famous fiddle player who owns the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camps in Saugerties, NY. Krumm arranged the piece for string orchestra in 2017.
"It's an honor to have the Plymouth Whitemarsh orchestra perform my arrangement," said Krumm. "I'm astounded by the work they've put in and incredibly proud to have my arrangement premiered by my alma mater."
Slippery Slope features solos that highlighted several members of the PWHS ensemble, including:
- Ari Kaganovsky, Madison Lee, Sanaan Mehmood, Audrey Chin, Aaron Rueter and Allison Wightman on violin
- Katey Lee and Robbie Gutman on viola
- Kayla Heincer and Zoe Hoang on cello
This is the second time the orchestra premiered an arrangement by Krumm. The first was also a Jay Unger piece that Krumm arranged as a senior at PWHS. Since then, he has earned his bachelor's degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and has returned to the Philadelphia area to teach and perform.
"It is exciting, because Tom is such a smart and talented musician. He could be playing his music anywhere, yet he is coming home to share his music with the PWHS orchestra," said Elise Derewitz, orchestra director at the high school. "He has been in to a few of our rehearsals, and he has inspired the students to work hard."