Heights High fall concert features high school and middle school students

Concert Orchestra students will perform in the Nov. 20 Heights High Instrumental Music Concert. Concert Orchestra members Elizabeth Dicus, Garrett Vandall, Robert Edwards and Dane'sha Garner, (L-R) will perform.

The Cleveland Heights High School Instrumental Music Department will present its first concert of the school year on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Wiley campus of Cleveland Heights High School, at 2181 Miramar Blvd. in University Heights. 

The performance features the Heights High Symphony, Concert Orchestra, and Heights High Symphonic Winds, as well as students in Roxboro and Monticello middle schools’ string departments. 

Before the concert, students in the high school’s chamber and ensemble program will perform from 6:30 to 7 p.m. After the concert, the Heights High Jazz Ensembles will perform, for a full evening of exciting music. 

Tickets, available the day of the show, are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Parking is available in the school parking lot as well as on the other side of Miramar Boulevard (accessible from the University Square shopping area).

The evening will open with the Concert Orchestra performing Fancy Fiddles by Mark Williams, Bio Rhythms by Richard Meyer, and Avatar by Doug Spata, with Daniel Heim conducting. The Concert Orchestra, combined with seventh- and eighth-grade strings from Monticello and Roxboro schools, will also perform Celtica by Brian Balmages.

The Heights High Symphony, also conducted by Daniel Heim, will perform all four movements of the Symphony #29 in A (KV 201), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They will also perform “Hoe-Down” from Aaron Copland’s ballet Rodeo. “Hoe-Down” was inspired by a 1937 Library of Congress field recording of Kentucky fiddler Bill Stepp playing the traditional tune “Bonaparte’s Retreat.” Bill Stepp was recognized during the 2013 Grammys for this recording’s “lasting significance.” 

Symphonic Winds, directed by Brett Baker, will perform Gallant Zouaves March by Karl King, a classic military-style march composed during his early days as a circus bandmaster, and Crossroads to the Future by Patrick Roszell, written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the composer's home town, Oxford, Ala. They will also perform Spoon River by Percy Aldridge Grainger, which was inspired both by the eponymous fiddle tune and The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. Spoon River will be directed by guest conductor Jesse Leyva from Kent State University. 

Heights High’s instrumental music program is considered one of the premier programs in the state. Founded in the 1920s, the program has enjoyed extraordinary music directors and a supportive community and school board. The Heights High Chamber Music Program provides opportunities for students to play in small groups, instilling a lifelong love for music, building musical skills as well as leadership and responsibility, and teaching students how to play better music together. Chamber groups select their own repertoire (sometimes arranging their own music), and are coached by professional musicians throughout the school year. 

Many Heights High students are also members of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, and other highly regarded performance groups.

For more information, call 216-320-3112 or e-mail president@heightsimd.org.

Cynthia Larsen

Cynthia Larsen teaches writing at Lake Erie Ink: a writing space for youth and is the parent of a Heights High instrumentalist.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 2:54 PM, 10.30.2015