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CSA Sinfonia concert features music of Brahms, Tchaikovsky

Published: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

The CSA Sinfonia will perform the music of Brahms and Tchaikovsky at its first concert of the season on Wednesday in the Concert Hall of the Northern Illinois University Music Building. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the NIU Community School of the Arts, this audition-only orchestra attracts some of the best high school musicians in the region. On the program is “Tragic Overture, Op. 81,” by Johannes Brahms, “Elegy” by Richard Faith, “Palladio, Concerto Gross for String Orchestra” by Karl Jenkins, and “Symphony No. 4 in F Major” by Peter Tchaikovsky.

The work features two talented violinists who are seniors at DeKalb High School. Genevieve Smelser and Hanna Bingham have both been members of CSA Sinfonia for many years.

Linc Smelser directs the group, which rehearses on Wednesday evenings in the Music Building. Smelser is the conductor of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and CSA Symphonette. He performs occasionally with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He teaches cello lessons for the community school and also teaches for the NIU School of Music and at Wheaton College.

Interested musicians are invited to audition for the CSA Sinfonia Concerto Competition. The deadline for applications is Monday. Those who audition must be 18 years old and younger and must live within 75 miles of DeKalb. The winner receives a cash prize and performs the concerto with the CSA Sinfonia at the February concert.

The CSA Sinfonia is one of seven ensembles offered by the community school this fall. Other ensembles include CSA Symphonette, NIUkulele Ensemble, NIU Guitar Ensemble, CSJazz Band, CSA Children’s Choir, and CSA Steelband Ensemble.

More information is available at www.csa.niu.edu or by calling 815-753-1450.

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