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|A night all their own|
|Written by Gillian Smith|
|Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:52|
Every four years, Duxbury High School music students travel to Carnegie Hall to participate in a festival with the best of the best. This year, DHS students will again travel to New York City, but this time it will be for a concert all their own.
Over 140 music students will perform at the storied Carnegie Hall on Friday, Feb. 7. The students sent in a recording of their performances, personal biographies and their musical program, in the hopes of securing a one-night concert at the esteemed music hall. Thirty-seven chamber singers, 34 string ensemble players and 70 wind ensemble players will play the concert of a lifetime along with Jeffrey Grogan, conductor of the New Jersey Youth Orchestra, and Corey Rubin, composer.
DHS commissioned Rubin, a graduate student at Indiana University, to compose a piece for the three ensembles specifically for the performance at Carnegie Hall. The high school also worked with a touring company to help secure the performance date.
Music students at DHS spend years honing their instrument-playing skills in the hopes of performing at the National Band and Orchestra Festival once every four years. The performers will travel down to New York City on Thursday, Feb. 6 and will stay in the city until that Sunday. Music director Robert Judge said the music department is looking forward to the performance.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for both our students and our staff,” Judge said. “What is cool is that this is the first time all three auditioned ensembles will travel together to Carnegie Hall.”
Judge said students are putting the finishing touches on the program and fine tuning any problem areas. Luckily for students, most of the program is comprised of songs they have played many times before in Duxbury, which should ease some of the nervous tension.
“The early jitters are out,” Judge said. “There’s a lot of excited anticipation now; you don’t see many high school Friday night performances on the Carnegie Hall calendar.”