Vernon Hills High School Symphony Orchestra at St. Simon and Judah Church – March 25, 2012

Vernon Hills High School Symphony Orchestra
Frank Lestina, director
Sunday, March 25, 2012
6:00pm Concert
St. Simon and Judah Church
Dušní Street (at U milosrdných)
110 00 Prague 1 (map)

Program scheduled to include
Brandenberg Concerto No. 3 — J.S. Bach
Violin Concerto No. 4, KV 218 — W.A. Mozart
Prometheus Overture — L.V. Beethoven
St. Paul’s Suite — Gustav Holst
and more….


About the Artists…

Vernon Hills High School is very proud of our Fine Arts curriculum.  There are three orchestras at VHHS with a total of 150 string students.  The orchestras meet as elective classes.  All freshmen begin in Concert Orchestra, and students advance to Philharmonic Orchestra as sophomores.  Symphony Orchestra is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors by audition. In addition, we offer more than 25 curricular courses in Visual Arts, Dance, Theater and Music.  Music courses include three choirs, three orchestras, three bands and AP Music Theory.  In addition, we offer the following extra-curricular options: jazz band, jazz strings, pit orchestra, and two vocal ensembles. Vernon Hills is located approximately 35 miles north of Chicago in Lake County, Illinois.  District 128 is a high school district consisting of two schools, Libertyville High School and Vernon Hills High School.  Vernon Hills High School opened in 1999 to relieve the overcrowding at Libertyville High School.  The current district population is just a little over 3,200 students.  Vernon Hills High School is the smaller of the two schools with only 1,360 students.

Frank Lestina received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago and his Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Illinois.  Mr. Lestina started his teaching career in Danville, Illinois in 1980 and then moved to Libertyville High School in 1986.   While at Libertyville, the orchestra performed at the Midwest Clinic twice and traveled extensively, including four tours to Europe.  In the fall of 2000, Mr. Lestina accepted the position of Fine Arts Supervisor and Orchestra Director at Vernon Hills High School.  Vernon Hills is proud to continue the District 128 tradition of excellence with a performance at the IMEA All-State Conference in Peoria in 2004 and tours to China in 2001, Spain in 2006 and Italy in 2008.  Most recently, the Symphony Orchestra was invited to perform at the MENC National Conference in Milwaukee this April.  Mr. Lestina is very active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.   He is a member of American String Teachers Association and very active in the Illinois Music Educators Association having served as the District 7 President for six years.

May 26, 2012 St. Nicholas Church, Prague – Montana State University Chorale

The Montana State University Chorale is devoted to the artistic and inspirational performance of distinguished choral literature. Selected by audition from Montana State’s enrollment of 13,000 students, Chorale’s annual performance itinerary includes two formal concerts each semester, and frequent international tours to countries including China, the Philippines, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy.

The Chorale is directed by Dr. Kirk Aamot, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.  A graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota with advanced degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Colorado, Boulder, Dr. Aamot has studied with Anton Armstrong, Kenneth Jennings, Kathy Romey, Thomas Lancaster, Larry Kaptein, and Joan Conlon.

Montana State University Chorale 
Saturday May 26, 2012
St. Nicholas Church on Old Town Square
Staroměstské náměstí, 110 00 Praha (map)
Free admission

Program scheduled to include (subject to change)
Ubi Caritas – – Guy Forbes
Frohlochet ihr völker – – Felix Mendelssohn
Phoenix – – Ola Gjelo
O magnum mysterium – – Z. Randall Stroope
Requiem aeternam – –  Zdenek Lukas
Salve Regina – –  Orlando di Lasso
Hold On! – – arr. Marques Garrett
O sifuni mungo – – arr. David Maddux
My God Is So High – –  Moses Hogan
Abendlied – – Josef Rheinberger
How Can I Keep from Singing – – Karen Thomas

Additional 2012 Tour Performances:
May 23 – Karlskirche, Vienna
May 28 – Thomaskirche, Leipzig
May 29 – Berlin Dom (Evensong)
May 30 – Dorfkirche Marienfeld, Berlin