St. Francis Prep's Chamber Orchestra: Talented and Prestigious
Monday, December 10, 2007
The St. Francis Prep Chamber Orchestra continues to establish itself as one of the most recognized and sought after student ensembles in the New York area. These young musicians, along with Prep's Honors Orchestra, have just recorded the second of six concerts at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in downtown Brooklyn. The series is being produced by Jon Kelley and directed by David Anello and will air this coming summer on the Prayer Channel. The orchestra has already been invited back for a series next season, concurrent with Prep's 150th Anniversary.
In addition to the Basilica concerts, the ensemble has already performed at Prep's Open House and National Honor Society Installation Ceremony, and will cap off 2007 with Prep's Christmas Concert I on December 14th, followed by an afternoon of Christmas Carols for Prep's Annual Handicapped Party on December 15th. Check the alumni homepage calendar for more information on these upcoming events.
The spring concerts at the Basilica bring appearances with two distinguished Prep alumni. Clarinetist Bill Kalinkos ('99), who performs with the avant-garde ensemble Alarm Will Sound! as well as The Cleveland Orchestra, will join us in February. Joshua Bavaro ('05), classical guitarist and scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music, will join us in April. Josh already regularly performs in New York and Argentina. Another highlight will be the orchestra traveling to Manhattan to mentor the young musicians of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York's Morningside Orchestra in April. In addition to our regularly scheduled school events, the ensemble has performance obligations through May of 2009.
This past week also saw yet another Prep student attend the annual New York State School Music Association's (NYSSMA) Winter Conference in Rochester, New York. Junior Yu-chi (Eric) Lo was selected as a first violinist for the All-State String Orchestra. This is the third year in a row that a Prep student has been selected as an All-State Musician. Prep Senior Eleanor Reilly also attended, and performed as a member of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.
Finally, Prep has been invited to host the 2008 Queens Festival for NYSSMA. Student musicians and their teachers from all over Queens will converge on Prep the weekend of May 2nd and 3rd to participate in this annual adjudication. Longtime Prep Chairperson of Music, Dr. Robert Corbino (H'06) will serve as Festival Chairperson.