Council Rock South Orchestra – March 31, 2012 on the Canon Stage at the Sylvan Theater

Council Rock South Orchestra
Christopher Simon, director
Saturday, March 31, 2012
1:00pm
Canon Stage at the Sylvan Theater
Washington, DC 20024 (map)

Free admission

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.

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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.

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….

FREE CONCERT

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.

Samohi Symphony and “The President’s Own” US Marine String Quartet

Free concert, no tickets required

The Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra, fondly known as the “Samohi Symphony” and directed by Joni Swenson, is one of America’s finest high school orchestras.  Founded in 1903, it is a partner high school of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and was the first public high school ever to perform as part of the LA Phil’s “Sounds About Town” series at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

As part of their 2012 tour of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, the Samohi Symphony will present a concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College:

Thursday April 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
Free Concert, General Admission  

“Jupiter” from The Planets by Gustav Holst
Capriccio Espagnole by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Introduction and Allegro by Edward Elgar, featuring “The President’s Own” US Marine String Quartet
Mozart String Quartet TBA, featuring “The President’s Own” US Marine String Quartet
Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms

Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra
Joni Swenson, Music Director and Conductor
Jason Aiello, Assistant Conductor

“The President’s Own” United States Marine String Quartet

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
Northern VA Community College, Alexandria Campus
On-campus parking is only $6.00 (directions & parking)