Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2010 Holiday Concert to feature Sam Stryke

The Fine Arts Department at Downers Grove South High School is proud to present the 2010 Holiday Concert and Winter Arts Show. The Holiday Concert is Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the Main Gymnasium at South High School. The Winter Art Show opens at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 9, 2010 in the DGS Events Foyer. Admission to both events is free, and the public is cordialy invited to attend.

This performance annually features 500 student musicians performing for an audience of just over 1,000. The Winter Art Show features the 2D and 3D work of just over 650 student artists. Counting the audience members as participants, just over 2,100 members of the Downers Grove community will celebrate the arts on the evening of December 9, 2010. As always, the evening will conclude with a combined rendition of Handel's Hallelujah!, a tradition in the community of Downers Grove since 1929. But this year, students and audience members will be provided with a special holiday sonic treat - guest artist Sam Stryke. Styke last performed in District 99 in December of 2008. This year, audience members will get to hear a taste of Stryke's newest release titled Joy to the World: A Symphony Pops Christmas. Stryke will perform with the District 99 Orchestra, and, with the District 99 Orchestra and Combined DGS Choirs.

"We are thrilled to have Sam Stryke back performing with our students." said DGS Fine Arts Chairman Glenn Williams. "Even more so, we are certain the audience-goers will love Sam's fresh treatment of these holiday classics." "Between the sights in the foyer and the sounds in the gym, it is a virtual guarantee that every person in attendance will depart transformed in some manner by the artistic excellence of DGS artists." said Williams.

For more information about this performance, or about DGS Fine Arts, contact Glenn Williams at gwilliams@csd99.org.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Muriel Anderson and Tierra Negra @ DGS

Internationally acclaimed guitarists Muriel Anderson and Tierra Negra performed for student musicians and students studying the German language today. The trio was stunning in every aspect of performance and during their interactions with the students.
This trio performs in the DG North Auditorium on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM. Be certain to check out this amazingly magical musical collaboration.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

2010 District 1 IMEA Festival

Congratulations to the 47 student musicians from DGS that participated in the IMEA District 1 9/10 Choir, Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. Stunning and superlative sounds were heard during the rehearsals and afternoon performances. Well done Mustang musicians!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2010 DGS Wind Ensemble Invitational

Congratulations to the members of the O'Neill Middle School Band, Dave Balika, director; the Jefferson Junior High School Symphonic Winds, Keith Carlson, director; and the DGS Wind Ensemble, Craig Roselieb and Ron Hornish, directors. A fabulous evening of band music was shared at this 4th annual DGS Wind Ensemble Invitational. The sonic future of the Mustang Bands is bright indeed with these musicians on the verge of matriculating to DGS!!!!

Jefferson, O'Neill, & DGS Wind Ens

Catch the Jefferson JHS Symphonic Winds, the O'Neill Symphonic Band and the DGS Wind Ensemble. Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the DGS Auditorium. Free admission. Oh, yeah............................

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mustang Musicians @ IMEA Jazz Festival

Congratulations and kudos to the 13 DGS student musicians that participated in the District I IMEA Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Fenton HS.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Project Trio Video Links

Check out these two great Project Trio video links provided by DGS alum Melissa Tussing:

District 99 Orchestra w/Project Trio:

Project Trio performing Random Road Suite:

DGS Fall Jazz Concert to feature DePaul University Jazz Ensemble

Friday, November 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the DGS Auditorium. DGS Jazz Workshop, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Ensemble and the renowned DePaul University Jazz Band directed by Bob Lark. Free admission. Be there. Aloha.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

DGS Wind Ensemble @ Wentz Hall

The DGS Wind Ensemble performs on an invitational concert tonight with the North Central College Wind Ensemble. 8:00 PM at Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central College. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DGS Bands Featuring the music of Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Check out the DGS Bands, Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the DGS Auditorium. Free concert. Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony performing. Featuring the music of Dr. Andrew Boysen, Jr. Free cheesecake samples after the concert. Oh, yeah.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

D99 Orchestra and PROJECT TRIO

A fabulous concert tonight by the District 99 Orchestra with featured artists PROJECT TRIO. The audience and the students had their musical territories expanded in remarkable ways by this trio of musicians. Special shout out to D99 Orchestra Director Jennifer Mullen for her all she did to make this evening possible for the student musicians in District 99.

Woodridge Patch - DGS Madrigal Singers

Check out this great article by DGS alum Melissa Tussing in the Woodridge Patch about the upcoming Madrigal Singers trip to the IMEA All-State Conference in January of 2011:


Proejct Trio - TONIGHT, 11-09-10 @ 7:00 PM

Catch the internationally renonwed PROJECT TRIO, performing tonight with the District 99 Orchestra. A limited number of $15 tickets will be available at the door. The PROJECT Trio performs with the District 99 Orchestra on Tuesday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Downers Grove South High School - this is one you won't want to miss!