June 16-26, 2013 – Preucil School String Orchestra performs in China

Preucil School String Orchestra
Iowa City, Iowa
Anthony Arnone, conductor

Thursday, June 20, 2013
7:30pm
Joint performance with High School Symphony Orchestra at Central Conservatory of Music
Music School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Beijing

Friday, June 21, 2013
Great Wall of China
Ju Yong Pass

Sunday, June 23, 2013
7:30pm
Beidaihe Workers’ Theatre
Qinhuangdao

Monday, June 24, 2013
7:30pm
Joint performance with Peiyang Chorus of Tianjin University
University Performing Arts Center, Tianjin University
Tianjin

Program
To Be Selected From:
Berger | A Short Overture for Strings
Mozart | Serenata Notturna, K. 239
Dvorak | Three Slavonic Dances
Bach | Concerto for Three Violins and String Orchestra in D major, III. Allegro
Grieg | Suite for Strings, Op. 40, In Olden Style from Holberg’s Time
Bartok | Rumanian Folk Dances

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About the Artists…

Preucil School String Orchestra
The Preucil School of Music is a non-profit, certified member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, serving over 750 students with a 38 member faculty.  Founded in 1975, the PreucilSchool evolved from a Suzuki method violin program established in 1963 by Doris Preucil.  Sonja Zeithamel became Director of the school in 1995 when Doris retired.  The curriculum includes lessons in strings and piano, theory, pedagogy, ensembles, and an early childhood education program.

The School is housed in two locations.  The Main Campus, an Iowa City landmark, is housed in a historic Czechoslovakian Hall built in 1900. The Preucil School of Music North Campus and MorrisEarlyChildhoodEducationCenter is a newer facility built in 2002.  Iowa City is a cultural haven in the midst of farmland, 200 miles west of Chicago.  Home of the University of Iowa, the city has a population of 62,000 plus 29,000 University students.

The Preucil School String Orchestra (PSSO), numbering 75 students aged 13 through 18, is the most advanced of five training orchestras at the School.  It has performed extensively in the Midwestern United States and been featured at international teacher conferences and on Public Television.  In 1991 a reduced ensemble from the PSSO began international concert tours. Their first tour took them to Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Austria, where the orchestra won first prize for String Orchestra at the Vienna International Festival for Music and Youth.  Succeeding concert tour orchestras performed in England in 1994, Germany in 1997, Italy in 2001, the CzechRepublic, Hungary and Austria in 2005, and Austria in 2009.

Anthony Arnone, Conductor
Anthony Arnone is associate professor of cello at The University of Iowa School of Music, and is on the faculty of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, where he teaches and conducts. During summers he teaches at the Madeline Island Music Camp.

Mr. Arnone has collaborated with many of today’s great chamber ensembles and artists. Performances have taken him around the United States and Europe as soloist, chamber musician, and conductor.  Mr. Arnone’s recordings with Albany and VAI  have received acclaimed reviews in prominent music journals and online classical sites.  A new CD through MSR, called “Beckoning,” premieres works by Serra Hwang, Lera Auerbach, Huang Ruo, and Jay Greenberg.

As a cello soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Arnone was a founding member of the Meridien Trio and the Sedgewick String Quartet, which performed regularly at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston.  More recently, he has been part of the Matisse Trio, a faculty trio at The University of Iowa, which has played throughout the United States and at international conferences.

Mr. Arnone’s love of teaching has taken him throughout the country to give master classes, including Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  At home, Mr. Arnone brings celebrated teachers and performers to The University of Iowa for the annual “Cello Daze,” a weekend of lectures, concerts, and master classes.

A native of Honolulu, Mr. Arnone received his bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Colin Carr. He left graduate studies with Bonnie Hampton at the San Francisco Conservatory to accept a position with the Orchestré Philharmonique de Nice, France, where he remained for two years, continuing his studies with Paul and Maude Tortelier. He completed his master’s degree in conducting at Wichita State University.

 

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March 23, 2013: West Salem High School Orchestra and Hobbs High School Festival Choir Perform at Church of the Intercession

West Salem Orchestra_2012  Hobbs High School Choir

West Salem High School Orchestra
Daryl Silberman, Conductor

Hobbs High School Festival Choir
Ricardo P. Monreal, Director

Saturday, March 23, 2013
2:00 PM
Church of the Intercession
550 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Information: 800-395-2036
cindy@musiccelebrations.com

Program:

West Salem High School Orchestra:

Bach | Prelude and Fugue in F Major
Mozart, arr. LaJoie | Symphony #29
Haydn | String Quartet Op 76, No. 5 – Finale
Balmages | Dreaming
Britten | Playful Pizzicato
Bernie/Pinkar/Case, arr. Burch | Sweet Georgia Brown 
Bishop | Orange Jam
Parry | Lady Radnor Suite Prelude 
Shostakovich | String Quartet No. 8, movement 2 
Elgar | Larghetto from ‘Serenade for Strings’
Walczyk | Huapango

Hobbs High School Festival Choir:

Mendelssohn | Hebe deine Augen auf
Mozart  |  Jubilate Deo
Marcello | Thy Mercy, Jehovah
Dorsey, Schrader | Precious Lord Take My Hand
Gasparini | Adoramus Te
Holmes | Star in the East, Early American Hymn
Pitoni | Cantate Domino
Hafso | Down in the River to Pray

Download Concert Poster

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About the artists…

West Salem High School Orchestra

The 2012-2013 West Salem High School Chamber Orchestra boasts 28 talented 9th-12th grade students who meet nine to ten hours weekly including daytime chamber orchestra, weekly chamber ensemble rehearsal and coaching, and extra sectionals and rehearsals. They play grade four through professional-level works from a variety of genres, including Baroque and Contemporary.

Many students are selected by audition to perform in the Oregon All-State and All-Northwest Orchestras, Oregon State School Activities State Solo Competition, and the highly competitive All-City Orchestra.

West Salem High School is fortunate to be in the Salem-Keizer school district which has six competitive high school orchestras with uniquely qualified music directors.

Daryl Silberman, conductor

Daryl Silberman has been the Director of Orchestras at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon since August 2007. Under her leadership, the orchestra has traveled to Chicago and Boston, and has hosted the annual Salem-Keizer District Orchestra Festival. Her chamber orchestra has qualified and performed at the annual Oregon School Activities Association State Orchestra festival, placing first in 2011 and second in 2012.

She came to public school teaching after a successful freelance career for many years. Daryl studied the viola at the University of Colorado at Boulder, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the University of Southern California. Prior to coming to Oregon, she was a national clinician for Knilling String Instruments and presented clinics on contemporary string techniques. Daryl maintains a private teaching studio, and also freelances as a violist and violinist with regional and studio orchestras in the Los Angeles area. In addition, she has performed with folk artists, chamber groups, and Baroque ensembles. Daryl was also a licensed Kintermusik instructor, teaching early childhood music.

Daryl and her husband, violist Danny Seidenberg have two performing groups that keep them busy – UnBande featuring violas, cello, and classical guitar playing classical crossover, jazz, pop, and blues; and Salem Baroque featuring Baroque violins, cello, and harpsichord. In addition, they have two active children, Emma and Teddy. Her school website is http://www.titanorchestras.org, and her personal website is http://www.daryls.com.

Hobbs High School Festival Choir

The Hobbs High School Festival Choir consists of members of both the Hobbs High School (HHS) A Cappella Choir and the HHS Mixed Chorale. The HHS Choral Department has maintained a reputation for excellence in local, district, and state performances for many years.  The A Cappella Choir and Mixed Chorale consistently receive superior ratings in performance and sight-reading in the competitive Southeast District of New Mexico. In addition, from year to year many individual members are selected to be a part of the New Mexico All-State Choirs. The HHS A Cappella Choir is very active in the community, performing at the Lea County Annual Prayer Breakfast, New Mexico Junior College, First United Methodist Church, and Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. The group has also toured multiple times, most recently to San Antonio and Dallas, Texas.

Ricardo Monreal, director

Mr. Ricardo Monreal received his bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in choral education from Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in 2007. He studied under Dr. David Gerig and Dr. Jason Paulk, and completed his student teaching under the 2006 New Mexico Music Educator of the Year, Mr. Brian Uerling. He went on to study choral conducting under Dr. Joe Miller and Dr. Andrew Megill at Westminster Choir College (WCC) of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, where he received his Master of Music in choral conducting in 2009.

As a graduate student at Westminster Choir College, Mr. Monreal was a member of and regularly performed with the Westminster Choir. During his time at WCC, the choir traveled and performed frequently nationwide. He also performed regularly with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and served as the graduate assistant, helping to coordinate, rehearse and sing with orchestras like the NY Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Flummerfelt, Ton Koopman, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons, and Lorin Maazel.

Mr. Monreal is currently in his fourth year teaching in the public schools, and his third year as Director of Choral Activities at Hobbs Freshman High School and Hobbs High School, where he conducts the Beginning Freshman Choir, the Non-Varsity Mixed Chorale, the newly formed HHS Jazz Choir and the Varsity A Cappella Choir. His other responsibilities include teaching Pre-AP and AP Music Theory, serving as music director and conductor for the annual HHS musical, and serving as director and producer of the HHS Golden Revue variety show. He currently serves on the New Mexico Activities Association Advisory Committee to State Choir Contest. He also serves as Site Chair hosting the Southeast New Mexico Music Educators District Honor Choir for grades 7-9, and Site Chair hosting the SENMMEA District Large Group Performance Assessment every two years at R.N. Tydings Auditorium on the campus of Hobbs High School.

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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.

John Burroughs Chamber Choir and Orchestra at the Mozarthaus – March 24, 2012 at 8:00pm

John Burroughs Chamber Choir and Orchestra
Denise Stookesberry, choir director
Robert Carter, orchestra director
Saturday, March 24, 2012
8:00pm Concert
Mozarthaus
Mozartplatz 1
5340 St. Gilgen (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

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.

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.