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IPO members visit high school orchestra students

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:59 p.m. CST
Lincoln-Way Central students (left to right) Aislenn Baltas and Meagan Barnett thank Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director David Danzmayr for spending time in their orchestra class several times this school year. Maestr Danzmayr led the orchestra of both Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West students as they rehearsed their spring concert pieces “Finlandia” and “the Lord of the Rings.”

NEW LENOX – The 85-plus orchestra students from Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West tuned up their instruments in anticipation of their second semester visit from Maestro David Danzmayr and Executive Director Andrew Bradford from the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.

On May 14, Danzmayr and Bradford visited with students from Lincoln-Way Central and West. In addition, the next day, Bradford and IPO soloist Anna Lee, from the Saturday concert performance, visited with students from Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North.

Maestro Danzmayr led the orchestra students as they rehearsed their spring concert pieces “Finlandia” and “The Lord of the Rings.”

Lee, 18, violin soloist for the IPO concert, gave a special session with orchestra students from East and North on Thursday in the band room at North. Lee played for the students, then gave a public master class/coaching to two talented violinists in the East/North orchestra.

East orchestra student Brooke Braun, a junior, played a piece, then Lee gave her some advice about posture and the physical challenges for a violist and how to help strengthen her arms for all the practicing and playing she does.

North orchestra student Katherine Reynolds had just completed running the mile in her physical education class when she ran down to third hour orchestra class to hear Lee and be a part of the master class.

Danzmayr is in his second year as the music director for the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.

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