Heights High midwinter concert features soloist Emma Zordan
Emma Zordan, concertmaster of the Heights High Symphony, will perform Antonio Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in F minor, "L'Inverno" (Winter), on Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium of Cleveland Heights High School (on the Wiley campus at 2181 Miramar Blvd. in University Heights). Zordan is one of two senior soloists selected to perform this year as part of a 70-year tradition of musical excellence at the high school.
Zordan began taking violin lessons at the Fairmount School of Music at age 6. She studied first with Hannah Frey, then with Emily Cornelius. In middle school, Zordan became a member of the Preparatory Youth Orchestra at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) and the concertmaster of the Youth String Camarata, and participated in CIM's Chamber program. She is a three-year member of the International Youth Symphony Orchestra of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. This summer will be her second year as its concertmaster.
Zordan has been active in Heights school music programs since elementary school. She attended Reaching Heights Music Camp for five years, and was a counselor at the camp for one. She has served as the Heights High Symphony's concertmaster for three years, and has played in the pit orchestra for school musicals. Zordan performed in chamber groups for two years, and has composed original music. Recently, she joined Heights High's Vocal Music Department to broaden her exposure to different forms of music.
The Heights High Symphony will also perform the Allegretto from Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, and the Scherzo from Antonin Dvoøák's Symphony No. 7 in D minor. The Symphonic Winds will present "Dedicatory Fanfare" from Three Fanfares for a Celebration by Robert W. Smith, On a Hymnsong of Lowell Mason by David Holsinger and The Old Pirate’s Tale by Darren Mitchell.
The Heights High Concert Orchestra, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band will also perform in a mid-week concert on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The Concert Orchestra will present Gauntlet by Doug Spata, Joust by Richard Meyer, and Clocks, a Coldplay song arranged by Robert Longfield. The Heights High Percussion Ensemble will perform Gypsy Dance by James Campbell, arranged by the ensemble's director, Larry A. Smith. The Concert and Symphonic bands will finish the program with Of Emerald Shires by David Myers, Let Hope Reign By Larry Neeck, and Mallet Mambo by Robert W. Smith.
Preceding both concerts, students in the school’s chamber and ensemble program will perform in the cafeteria from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Following the Friday concert, the Heights High Jazz Ensembles will perform at the reception.
Tickets, available the day of the show, are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Parking is available in the school parking lot across Miramar Boulevard (accessible from the University Square shopping center).
Cynthia Larsen teaches writing at Lake Erie Ink, a writing space for youth, and is a parent of a Heights High violist and saxophone player.