Area High Schools Perform Alongside the Toledo Symphony

Posted Jan 15th, 2008 by Dana Syrek  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


The Toledo Symphony will perform a Side by Side Concert with Maumee High School and Toledo School for the Arts music students on January 18, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at Maumee High School Theater. The Side by Side concert is one part of the Toledo Symphony Music in Our Schools program. Led by Maestro Chelsea Tipton, II, this performance will include a combined orchestra of approximately one hundred students and the Toledo Symphony core orchestra. The performance is free to the public.

Now in its second year, The Music in our Schools program was initiated by Toledo Symphony CEO Bob Bell with the objective of supporting music programs in schools, focusing on in-depth, sustained work with students and teachers. “This program reflects the deep and sustained mentorship opportunities that the Toledo Symphony longs to have with students and teachers” said Dana Syrek, Coordinator of Educational Initiatives for the Toledo Symphony. “The orchestra staff’s enthusiasm and sense of connection and commitment to this program is palpable, as the underlying principles of Music In Our Schools closely align with the core values of the organization. The Side by Side concerts allow for connection with the students in order to develop authentic mentorship opportunities and to increase impact on individual young musicians and on the ensemble as a whole.”

In preparing for performance, the Toledo Symphony musicians have visited each school twice conducting educational ensembles clinics. There will be a full length rehearsal with both schools and the Toledo Symphony before the concert, and there will also be follow up visits at each school in the spring. The Music in our Schools program is made possible by The Lovell Foundation and The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

Music Directors for the Toledo School for the Arts are Jay Welenc, Diana Anderson, and Robert Desmond. Music Directors for Maumee High School are Robert Cintron and Molly Stuckey.

Meet the Conductor:
Entering his fifth season as Resident Conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, American conductor Chelsea Tipton II has won over audience and critics alike with his vibrant musicality, accessibility, versatility, and extraordinary commitment to education outreach. As a sought-after guest conductor, Tipton has appeared with major orchestras in the United States, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, among others.

The 2007-2008 season sees Tipton in guest conducting engagements with the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as Houston, and Atlanta, in addition to his regular Toledo Symphony season appearances that feature him on the Classics, Pops Series, and Family Concert series. This season will also mark his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in September participating with Sphinx Competition showcase gala concert. Recent highlights included a last minute replacement for Robert Spano to conduct an all-Gershwin season finale with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in 2005. New York Times applauded Tipton for “[leading] sweeping and vibrant performances of “Rhapsody” and “An American in Paris.” In June of 2004, the conductor led the Boston Pops Orchestra in their annual Gospel Night Concert that the Boston Globe called an “Impressive debut”. (full bio available at http://toledosymphony.com/meet/conductors.html

Tipton earned a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music, with additional studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Hancock, Maine.

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