Fine Arts @ DGN Mission
Friday, April 25, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
In case you missed it or just want to remember what a wonderful evening of music it was, you may click on the link below and view the archived performance of the Guitar Orchestra, Recorder Orchestra and String Orchestra from the Music School in Beitigheim-Bissingen, Germany. Enjoy!
Bietigheim-Bissingen Music School Tivoli Concert/04-16-14
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The show will remain in exhibition until the end of April at the Woodridge Public Library during normal operating hours. The public is cordially invited to walk the gallery and examine the remarkable student work on display.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Helfried Strauss presented the student artist with a history of his work, which included capturing the transformation of the city of Leipzig, Germany after the Berlin Wall came down. Herr Strauss also spent time examining the work of DGN student artists, providing them formative feedback on their work and asking them probing questions about concepts and meaning within their photographs.
Special thanks to the Mrs. Herrmann who served as linguistic translator during the presentation.
The North and South High Art teams are busy hanging the 2014 D99/WPL Art Show, a show which features the finest 2D and 3D work from District 99 visual artists.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Do you have family or friends out-of-town who would like to "tune in" for the concert? The concert will be streamed live on The Cube here.
A veteran of the Chicago jazz scene, trumpeter Kirk Garrison attended Mankato State University in his home state of Minnesota before honing his skills in the United States Air Force Band. After leaving the Air Force in 1992, he completed his Master's degree in Jazz Studies at DePaul University where he is now a member of the jazz faculty. Garrison's recent performance credits include the International Music Festival in Hue, Vietnam with Kimotion, the Ravinia Music Festival with Dave Brubeck, the North Shore Jazz Festival with Joey DeFrancesco. Kirk was recently commissioned to write arrangements for internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Phil Woods with big band and an arrangement of 'Nature Boy' for orchestra and choir which will premiere in January of 2010. He has been on several tours of Europe and the United States with the Lt. Dan Band featuring actor Gary Sinise.
Kirk has also appeared with such jazz stalwarts as Louie Bellson, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Kurt Elling, and Herbie Hancock. In addition, Kirk Garrison is in high demand as a writer and arranger. In this capacity, he has received commissions from DePaul University, Rob Parton's Jazz Tech Big Band, the Chicago String Ensemble, and the Millar Brass Ensemble at Northwestern University.
Howard Reich, jazz critic for the Chicago Tribune wrote, "The spectacular trumpet solo that Kirk Garrison offered... reminded listeners why the Jazz Members Big Band stands among the best repertory units in the country." Cadence Magazine's jazz critic Jack Bowers wrote "Kirk Garrison's marvelous trumpet work ... so moving it brought tears to my eyes." His trumpet artistry was described as "cool work" by John Von Rhein, music critic of the Chicago Tribune. John Killoch of Mainly Big Bands (UK) wrote in a review, "This guy nails the section with a big, accurate lead sound and when he flexes his chops ... the sound is again right down the middle, in tune, big and so high. Musical is a good way to put it. An object lesson to anyone who aspires to be a top lead trumpeter."
Kirk Garrison uses Denis Wick mutes and mouthpieces and is a Denis Wick performing artist.
The recorder orchestra participated in clinics and workshops with Laura Kuhlman, the current president of the American Recorder Society, and with Glen Shannon, internationally acclaimed recorder composer and performer. After the time of the learning, the BB Recorder Orchestra performed for the Lincoln-Way Central Wind Ensemble.
The Guitar Orchestra spent time rehearsing and then shared the stage with the Lincoln-Way Central Guitar Studio Ensemble. A favorite moment of the day was a spontaneous international guitar jam session which took place right after the performance.
The Orchestra performed for the Lincoln-Way Central HS Orchestra, ending with a fabulous vocal feature.
After the morning of music, the Lincoln-Way staff treated our German friends to a pizza lunch before sending us on our way back to Downers Grove.
Special thanks to Stacy Williams-Jackson and the Lincoln-Way Central music team for their rich hospitality today. The world was made a smaller place today through the exchange of culture and music.