Council Rock South Orchestra
Christopher Simon, director
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Canon Stage at the Sylvan Theater
Washington, DC 20024 (map)
Program scheduled to include
Music from Up — Michael Giacchino
Danse Macabre — Camille Saint-Saens
William Tell Overture — Gioachino Rossini
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 — Alexandre Desplat
“Jupiter” from The Planets — Gustav Holst
About the artists…
Since its inception in 2002, The Council Rock South Orchestra has performed for over 150 festival, school, neighborhood and overseas concerts. They were recently honored by a special invitation to perform at The White House in December 2011. Last year, conductor Christopher Simon led his 85 member orchestra on an 8-day performance tour of Paris, Nice, and Monaco. In May 2003, the orchestra embarked on a tour ofScotland, performing in notable halls inElgin andEdinburgh. The orchestra’s success inScotland led to performances at the newUnited StatesConstitutionCenter and at various adjudication festivals where they have consistently earned superior ratings. The CRSO touredItaly in 2007 and performed in concerts inRome, Sienna, Campodarsego, andPadua. In April 2005, the orchestra traveled toBaltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to work with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Comments by BSO’s members echoed the praises by numerous other professional musicians that Council Rock High School South is unique in its ability to draw so much talent from only one school and that Mr. Simon has quickly molded that talent into one of the top high school orchestras inAmerica. The CRSO was chosen by the Philadelphia Orchestra to perform side-by-side in a performance in May 2009. This year, the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra invited the CRSO for the second time to join them in a side-by-side concert. The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association invited the orchestra to their conference in 2006, 2009, and this April 2012 as a featured performer. Out of 400 high school orchestras inPennsylvania, the CRSO was the only orchestra chosen in those years.
Five times each year, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Trenton Symphony, Ocean City Pops, and Temple University faculty have given master sectionals for our students in an effort to raise the level of play to spectacular heights. The Orchestra is also host to an Orchestra Festival held in May of each year. The unique festival is the only one of its kind and focuses on promoting the full orchestra concept. The orchestras are adjudicated by a panel of three professional orchestra conductors.
Christopher Simon has been directing orchestras, bands, and jazz bands since 1988, and he was appointed the conductor of the high school orchestras in 2002. Mr. Simon also directs the Chamber Orchestra and teaches classes in music theory, music arranging and jazz improvisation. He received both of his college degrees, Bachelor of Music in Education and Master of Music in Cello Performance, from Temple University in Philadelphia. His cello studies include lessons with Orlando Cole, Jeff Holm, Grammy Award winning chamber musician Jeffrey Solow and master classes with Janos Starker, Ralph Kirshbaum, the Audobon Quartet, and the Muir Quartet. Mr. Simon performs as a cellist with two professional orchestras: Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, and also as a trombonist with several jazz groups. He regularly gives solo and chamber recitals with his wife, Lisa Simon, a pianist, and currently resides in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with Lisa and their three children.