Nov. 14, 2022 -- The Cleveland Heights High Instrumental Music Department (IMD) is proud to present its inaugural concert series for the 2022-2023 school year on Thursday, November 17 and Friday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Dina Evans Performing Arts Center.
There will be no cost for admission to the concerts. Instead, the Band and Orchestra Parent Organization
(BOPO) will be accepting donations that will directly go towards supporting instrumental music at Cleveland Heights High School.
Thursday, November 17 features Concert Orchestra, the Philharmonic Strings, and the Heights High Symphony Strings conducted by Daniel Heim, the Director of Orchestras. The evening will open with Concert Orchestra performing Shinichi Suzuki’s “Perpetual Motion,” Soo Hee Newbold’s “Appalachian Hymn,” and Jeffrey Frizzi’s “Warrior.” The Philharmonic Strings will perform next with Raymond Brown’s “Into the Dragon’s Den,” George Frideric Handel’s “A Regal March” as arranged by Christina Hans, Neridah Oostenroek’s “A Pirate’s Plunder,” and Williams Owens’ “Turbulence.” The Heights High Symphony Strings performs third in the program with all four movements of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525.” The three ensembles will combine and perform Richard Meyer’s “Dizzy Digits” as the finale for the evening.
Friday, November 18 features Concert Band, Symphonic Band, the two Jazz Ensembles, and Symphonic Winds conducted by Dr. Nicholas Marzuola, the Director of Bands. Concert Band will open the band portion of the series with Louis Elbel’s “The Victors” as arranged by Stan Johnson and William Owens’ “Tambora!” The first Jazz Ensemble of the evening, Jazz 170, will perform next with Doug Beach and George Shutack’s “Chili Pepper 101” and “That’s Not My Dog” in addition to Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh’s “On the Sunny Side of the Street” as arranged by John Berry. Symphonic Band will be next to take the stage where they will perform Jarod Hall’s “Lost Woods Fantasy” and William Owens’ “Flourishes.” Jazz 176 will perform next with Andy Clasen’s “Spirit of New Orleans,” Irving Mills’ “The Mooche” as arranged by Mark Taylor, and Mark Taylor’s “Lulu’s Left Town.” After a brief intermission, Symphonic Winds will conclude the evening with Tania León’s “Alegre,” Julie Giroux’s “All Through the Night,” and Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in Eb for Military Band."
Cleveland Heights High’s instrumental music program is considered one of the premier programs in the state. Now celebrating 100 years, the music program has enjoyed extraordinary music directors and a supportive community and school board. The orchestra has been awarded “superior” ratings by well-respected judges. Every year several Heights High students have been honored to join Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Contemporary Youth Orchestra, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, the Cleveland Youth Pops, the All-Ohio State Fair Band and other performance groups. Many students go on to have careers as professional and classical musicians, as well as music educators. The Symphony, Symphonic Winds, and Jazz Ensemble performed at Severance Hall in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019. The Jazz Ensemble has also performed at Nighttown.