Lincoln-Way Central/ West strings program Thursday, February 28, 2013
Two Lincoln-Way seniors will be showcased in an upcoming Lincoln-Way Central/West strings concert being held on Thursday, March 7 at Lincoln-Way West High School, 21701 S. Gougar, New Lenox. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m.
Evan Kirkeeng, a Lincoln-Way senior from New Lenox, and Margaret Pluskota, a Lincoln-Way Central senior from Manhattan, will perform the first movement of Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto for Two Cellos, Orchestra and Harpsichord in g minor" with the 59-member Central/West Orchestra.
The orchestra will share the concert bill with the Central/West Guitar Studio.
"I programmed this piece to specifically highlight Evan and Margaret, as they have both been great members of this ensemble over the last four years," states Stacy Williams -Jackson, director of the Central/West Orchestra and Music Department Chair for Central.
"They have watched the ensemble double in size since their freshman year, and have consistently sat at the front of their section since day one. Watching them grow musically has been a wonderful experience, and the Vivaldi double concerto is a great avenue to showcase their achievements," notes Williams-Jackson.
The duo began work on the concerto in December with the help of their private instructor, Anna Walker. The four-minute movement features a great deal of advanced technical skills. "Happily, these two make it look - and sound- easy," states Jackson.
Their work is not over at the end of the concerto, however. Both Evan and Margaret lend their piano skills to the ensemble as well. Margaret will perform piano for the orchestra's arrangement of "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables, and Evan will perform piano for the orchestra's transcription of Benny Goodman's swinging "Sing, Sing, Sing." The combined orchestra will be conducted by Stacy Williams-Jackson.
Members of the Lincoln-Way Central/West Guitar Studio will be playing the Irish Folk Medley by Jeremy Sparks; Carre d'as by Sebastien Vachez; and Palladio by Karl Jenkins. Conductor for the Guitar Studio is Nate Jackson, music instructor at Lincoln-Way Central.
The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m., and admission is one non-perishable food item per attendee to be donated to the New Lenox and Manhattan Food Pantries.