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Boardman High’s concert to feature holiday selections

Published: Wed, December 16, 2009 @ 12:06 a.m.

By Rick Rouan

The orchestra has been preparing for the winter concert since October.

BOARDMAN — Mahoning Valley concertgoers don’t need to find tickets to professional orchestras to hear holiday tunes played by a full complement of brass, woodwinds, percussion and strings.

In fact, they need look no further than Boardman High School’s Performing Arts Center, where a 190-student orchestra will perform its winter concert at 7 p.m. today.

Tickets cost $3 for adults, $1 for students and senior citizens. Preschoolers get in free.

“We try to play material that professional orchestras would tackle. We try to get a mix that everyone can enjoy,” said Kevin Ngo, a senior who plays violin.

The orchestra has been preparing for the winter concert since the end of its fall concert in October, said Frank Dispenza, the orchestra director.

“We’ve just been working really hard for the past two months on a really difficult repertoire of music,” said Anthony Borzi, a senior cellist and president of the orchestra.

“It’s just really exciting for the whole orchestra to get together for the concert,” he said.

Dispenza said the concert will feature a variety of classical and popular music, including music from the movie “Polar Express.”

“In all of our concerts, we try to pick the most popular songs people recognize,” Ngo said.

“In this one, it’s more special because we try to offer our tribute to the winter season and all the holidays around Christmas and stuff.”

Borzi said that no schools in neighboring communities have an orchestra, which includes stringed instruments with the band’s brass, woodwind and percussion sections.

Because of that, Borzi said that the community turns out in full force to hear the orchestra’s music.

“The performing arts center is usually pretty full,” Dispenza said.

The reputation of the Boardman music program precedes it, Borzi said.

“The community has really backed up the orchestra and the whole music department because we have such a great tradition of excellence,” he said.

Borzi said that those attending could expect “some really great playing on some really difficult music as well as some holiday favorites.”


1granpaharry(9 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Please go see this concert. If the Boardman Board of Education has its way you might not see this caliber of music again in the Boardman School District. I say this because there are plans being made to change scheduling in the middle schools. The board wants to decrease the number of periods from 8 to 6. This is so they can create intervention time for students who need extra help. I am all for helping struggling students. But you don't make other cuts to fabulous programs to achieve that goal. You don't rob Peter to pay Paul. Boardman has an outstanding music program. That includes Orchestra, Band, and Chorus. And that's not all folks. I was surprised to hear the teachers speak at the Nov. board meeting and they weren't happy at all! It seems they had very little input, had the plan presented to them and when they wanted questions answered they were told to see their principals! Don't let the board do this. Once they take away classes, you won't see them come back. Call Mr. Ebie at 330-726-3400 or Mr. Alvino at 330-726-3414 to voice your opinion and try to get your questions answered.

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