Neuqua Valley High School Festival Bands at Orangerie Schönbrunn – March 26, 2012

 

Neuqua Valley High School Festival Bands
Charles W. Staley, Jonathan Lauff,
Mark Duker, & William Jastrow, directors
Monday, March 26, 2102
3:30pm Concert
Orangerie Schönbrunn
Schönbrunner Schloßstraße
1130 Vienna (map)

Program scheduled to include
Chicago Tribune March — W. Paris Chambers
Fugue on “Yankee Doodle” — John Philip Sousa
Shenandoah — arr. Frank Ticheli
Radetzky March — Johann Strauss, Sr.
…and much more

FREE CONCERT
Voluntary donations will be collected at the concert in support of “Streetchildren in Arad,” a project of the European Culture Initiative for the Young Generation.

About the artists…
Neuqua Valley High School is part of Indian Prairie District 204, located in Naperville, Illinois, 40 miles west of Chicago.  The arts receive tremendous community support.  NVHS serves grades 9-12 and has a student population of over 4500 students.  Parents serve on committees associated with our MEAC organization devoted to serve the needs of our active program.  Since opening in 1997, NVHS has received Grammy Gold status 4 times, most recently in May of 2009.  In 2005, they were named the Grammy National Signature School in recognition for having the best high school music program in the United States.  In September 2009, NVHS earned the distinction of the only public school in the country to earn the Kennedy Center Award for excellence in the fine and performing arts.

Music is an elective and serves over 1300 students.  Courses offered are Music Theory, Advanced Placement Music Theory, and twenty-four performing groups.  There are 11 certified music staff and one full time accompanist.  Students have access to state-of-the-art technology including a sixteen station MIDI lab and recording equipment.  The curriculum is based on the MENC National Standards.  NVHS offers a comprehensive after school program that involves over 400 students in jazz bands, jazz choirs, steel bands, symphony orchestra, fiddle group, multi-cultural choir, marching band, pep band, and musical theater orchestra.

Visit www.neuquamusic.org for more information about the NVHS program.

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Vernon Hills High School Symphony Orchestra at Orangerie Schönbrunn – March 28, 2012

 

Vernon Hills High School Symphony Orchestra
Frank Lestina, director
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
3:30pm Concert
Orangerie Schönbrunn
Schönbrunner Schloßstraße
1130 Vienna (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….

FREE CONCERT
Voluntary donations will be collected at the concert in support of “Streetchildren in Arad,” a project of the European Culture Initiative for the Young Generation.

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.

John Burroughs Chamber Choir and Orchestra at the Minoritenkirche – March 21, 2012 at 7:30pm

John Burroughs Chamber Choir and Orchestra
Denise Stookesberry, choir director
Robert Carter, orchestra director
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
7:30pm Concert
Minoritenkirche
Minoritenplatz 1
1010 Vienna (map)

Program scheduled to include
“Gloria” from Missa Brevis in B-flat — Franz Joseph Haydn
Luci Care — W.A. Mozart
Festival Sanctus — John Leavitt
Ashokan Farewell — Jay Ungar
and much more

FREE CONCERT
Voluntary donations will be collected at the concert in support of “Streetchildren in Arad,” a project of the European Culture Initiative for the Young Generation.

About the Artists…..
Since its founding in 1923, John Burroughs School, located in St. Louis, Missouri, has been a highly-respected co-ed college preparatory school.   The fine arts play an integral part in the school’s overall philosophy and curriculum.  Burroughs students learn to pursue excellence in all their endeavors, whether it be academic, artistic, or athletic.

The John Burroughs School Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Carter, is an auditioned ensemble that provides audiences with compelling performances from repertoire ranging from traditional symphonic literature to contemporary pieces and music from the stage and screen.  The distinctive sound of the orchestra is due in part to the meticulous attention to colorful tone production, elegant phrasing, and dynamic contrast.  Students in the orchestra often play in other ensembles as well, including the venerable St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Under the direction of Denise Stookesberry, the choirs at John Burroughs have consistently received excellent and superior ratings at the Missouri All-State festival each year.   They travel each year and have performed in Chicago, Il and recently sang at Carnegie Hall in New York.  The choir is in demand to sing at many functions and events on and off campus.    John Burroughs Chamber Choir is comprised of select students from three of the school’s high school choirs that are offered.

Dublin Jerome High School Chorale at the Minoritenkirche – March 22, 2012 at 7:30pm

Dublin Jerome High School Chorale
Jeanne Wohlgamuth, director
Thursday, March 22, 2012
7:30pm Concert
Minoritenkirche
Minoritenplatz 1
1010 Vienna (map)

Program scheduled to include
Sicut cervus — Palestrina
Ave Maria — Simon Lindley
Laudate — Knut Nystedt
Roll, Jordan, Roll — Spiritual, arr. S.V. Gibbs
Ave verum corpus — W.A. Mozart
and more!

FREE CONCERT
Voluntary donations will be collected at the concert in support of “Streetchildren in Arad,” a project of the European Culture Initiative for the Young Generation.

About the Artists….
The choirs at Dublin Jerome High School have been selected, through audition, to be one of five featured choral groups at the 2006, 2008, and 2012 Ohio Music Educator’s State Conference.  The members of the choir have been honored to sing under the baton of internationally known conductor/composer Eric Whitacre and Albert-George Schram as well as Dr. Hilary Apfelstdat and Dr. Robert Ward both of The Ohio State University.  In 2008, the choir traveled to Austria where they performed at the Salzburg Dom, Melk Abbey and Saint Stephen’s Cathedral.  In the same year they received an invitation to sing with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra on their Family Concert Series.  In February 2010, they returned to the stage of the Ohio Theatre to sing with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and six-time Grammy award winning Irish Musical Ensemble, The Chieftains.  In the spring of 2010 they made their Carnegie Hall debut.  We are excited to be making a return trip to Austria in the spring of 2012 to share our musical passion with the very receptive audiences of Salzburg and Vienna.

Choir director Jeanne Wohlgamuth has taught choral and instrumental music for 29 years.  She is currently in her eighth year as Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Choirs at Dublin Jerome High School where she directs five co-curricular and two extra-curricular choirs.

May 23, 2012 Karlskirche, Vienna – 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
Wednesday May 23, 2012
8:00pm
Karlskirche
Kreuzherrengasse 1, 1040 Vienna (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 26 – St. Nicholas Church on Old Town Square, Prague
May 28 – Thomaskirche, Leipzig
May 29 – Berlin Dom (Evensong)
May 30 – Dorfkirche Marienfeld, Berlin