La Crosse Symphony Orchestra Saturday Concert Hosts Wannabe Conductors | Top Stories
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is hosting a concert this Saturday, and some budding conductors will join Maestro Alexander Platt.
A new educational and fundraising program from the Mayo Clinic, called the 2022 High School Conductor Wannabe Contest, challenged music students at Central, Holmen, Logan, Onalaska and West Salem high schools to raise funds from the community. .
The LSO announced today at Viterbo’s Fine Arts Center that Colin Miller of Logan High School has won the top prize.
Joining Colin as a budding bandleader will be runner-up Van Maxwell, from Holmen High School.
As a percussionist who usually hangs out in the back, Van joked that it would be fun to be up front for a change.
“If you can’t do it as a professional percussionist, they take one of your sticks away and put you in front of the band,” Maxwell said, “So I guess I couldn’t do it with the big guys. dogs. I’m glad my back is to the audience, I can kind of forget about them while I’m up there concentrating on the play. So I’m looking forward to that part.
The top two winners will conduct their own musical numbers. Colin will conduct Elger’s “Pomp and Circumstance” and Van will conduct Bizet’s “March of the Toreadors” from Carmen.
Here is the list of five candidates:
Central High School – Shannon Finn, Holmen High School – Van Maxwell, Logan High School – Colin Miller, Onalaska High School – Anthony Nguyen, & West Salem High School – Sunnie Jeffers
The five students together raised a total of $10,100, half of which will go to the LSO and the other half will be divided among each high school’s music program.
A special conductor’s workshop was scheduled for Wednesday evening with Maestro Platt at Logan High School.
LSO concert, “Celebrate La Crosse, Celebrate America” is on Saturday, May 7 and will have Gabriel Cabezas as guest cello artist.
Tickets are available at La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.
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