Lincoln-Way Central and West Students Receive Expert Advice from IPO Music Director
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

More than 85 orchestra students from Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West High Schools played their instruments with poise and passion during a special visit by Maestro David Danzmayr, Music Director for the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO).

Danzmayr rehearsed two movements of John Rutter's Suite for Strings with the Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West Orchestras. This rehearsal was in preparation for a performance at the University of Illinois String and Orchestra Clinic. Danzmayr visits each of Lincoln-Ways four high schools both first and second semester every year as part of the IPOs partnership with the district.

Our students always look forward to playing for a musician and producer of Maestro Danzmayrs caliber, said Stacy Williams Jackson, orchestra teacher for Central and West students and music department chair for Central. He always takes the time to provide students with technical guidance and support.

Danzmayr joined Lincoln-Way students to surprise their teacher, Mrs. Jackson, with a performance of happy birthday in her honor.

Before coming to the IPO, Danzmayr served as Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and as a guest conductor for several internationally renowned orchestras.

Students were also invited to a free concert by internationally claimed musician Bella Hristova.

Maestro Danzmayrs visit and the performance by Bella Hristova provides our students with a glimpse into what is possible with hard work and commitment to music, Jackson said.