Heights High spring concert features two senior soloists
When cellist Alice Janigro and harpist Celia van den Bogert take their bows on Friday, May 1, they will be continuing Heights High’s 86-year Senior Soloist tradition. Janigro will perform Edward Elgar’s contemplative and elegiac Concerto in E minor for Violoncello and Orchestra, and van den Bogert will perform Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for Harp and Chamber Orchestra, a work that displays the expressive range of the harp. Music Director Daniel Heim will also conduct the Heights High Symphony in Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance, Op. 48, No. 8 in G minor.
The program also includes Brett Baker conducting Symphonic Winds in Masamicz Amano’s Concerto Grosso, featuring the Sax Pistols, a chamber ensemble Baker has been working with for three years. Symphonic Winds will also perform Samuel Hazo’s Stella Maris and Chris Bernotas’ Momentum.
Heights High’s spring season also includes a performance on Wednesday, April 29. Concert Orchestra performs Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Aires and Dances, arranged by J. Brubaker, and J.L. Molloy’s The Kerry Dance, arranged by L Conley. Concert Band and Symphonic Band will perform Shirley Miller’s Forge Ahead. All three ensembles combine for Alexandre Desplat’s Godzilla, arranged by M. Story.
Concerts on Wednesday and Friday evening will be preceded by Chamber Ensemble performances, 6–7 p.m., in the Heights High Social Room. The ensembles, ranging in size from two to six students, are coached by professional musicians throughout the school year.
The April 29 and May 1 concerts, which begin at 7:30 p.m., take place at the school’s Dina Rees Evans Performing Arts Center. Tickets, $3 for students and $5 for adults, are available the day of the show.
The Heights High Instrumental Music Department’s 2014–15 season concludes with Jazz Night on Friday, May 8.
Florence D'Emilia is a Cleveland Heights resident and parent of a Heights High student.