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Heights High Instrumental Music Department Kicks Off Season With Concert Friday

The concert will showcase students in the Symphonic Winds, Heights High Symphony and Concert Orchestra, and feature Sara Friedberg, the senior soloist.

Thanks to Hope Wright, co-president of the Band/Orchestra Parent Organization, for contributing the information below to Cleveland Heights Patch.

Under the expertise of Directors Brett Baker (Marching Band, Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, Jazz Band) and Daniel Heim (Heights High Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Orchestra) The Instrumental Music Department of Cleveland Heights High School will open its 2012-2103 season with the first of three major concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 in the high school auditorium. Tickets (available at the door) are $5 for adults, $3 for students.

The premier concert of the season will include students in Symphonic Winds, Heights High Symphony and Concert Orchestra. These talented musicians have rehearsed countless hours so that they can present to their audience an enticing array of musical compositions. The annual concerts have become a tradition the Cleveland Heights High School Instrumental Music Department has continued to offer the community for the past 70 years.

In addition to the thrilling band and orchestral arrangements, there will be several Chamber Ensembles in concert from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the High School Social Room. Chamber Ensembles come together when instrumental students wish to partake in smaller groups. Students are required to work with a coach, which in turn necessitates additional practice time on their own. Due to the nature of Ensemble groups, much of their music may entail special arrangements in order to augment the unique combination of instruments.

The highpoint of the evening will be the Senior Solo. Each year seniors have the opportunity to audition for a solo performance placement in the program. They are exceptionally gifted young men and women, who over the course of their high school career have worked hard to earn a much coveted spot. During the 2012-2013 concert season, the Cleveland Heights High School Instrumental Music Department will host five Senor Soloists.

Sara Friedberg has the honor of being the featured Senior Soloist at the Nov. 16 concert. She will perform the first movement of J.C. Bach Viola Concerto in C Minor.

At the age of four, Sara began playing violin in the Suzuki program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. By age eight, Sara was participating in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Beginning and Preparatory Orchestras. When Sara turned fourteen, she began learning to play the viola. She is presently studying at the Music School Settlement, under the direction of Cleveland Orchestra member Lembi Veskimets.

Sara is currently a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Cleveland Heights High School Symphony, the Heights High Marching Band (flutist) and a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society. Prior to this year, Sara was a member of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra for two years.

This past summer Sara attended the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington Vermont. She loved this camp because in addition to making many great friends, she was able to devote all of her energy to creating beautiful music. The experience opened her eyes to the world of music by primarily focusing on chamber music and listening to many extraordinary and inspiring recitals.

Throughout her middle and high school years (in addition to music), she was involved with volleyball, lacrosse and swimming. During her sophomore year at Laurel School, she was JV volleyball captain. After transferring to Heights High School the following year, she earned varsity letters as a member of the 2012 Regional Girls Lacrosse team and the Heights High Tigershark Swim Team. As active as Sara is, she still manages to practice an average of two and a half hours a day. Sara plans to study music in college along with heath science, specializing in nutrition and dietetics.

The students, parents, and directors of the Cleveland Heights High School Instrumental Music Department appreciate the community’s unwavering dedication, effort and support, as well as the administrations help in ensuring a continued tradition of excellence in music education.

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