CSA Sinfonia to perform Feb. 23 concert

Photo of violin and musicThe CSA Sinfonia performs the works of Rimsky-Korsakov, Grieg and Led Zeppelin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

Featured at the Wednesday performance is violinist Rachel Stenzel of Holiday Hills, winner of this year’s CSA Sinfonia Concerto Competition. She performs Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Opus 28 with the orchestra.

Stenzel, 14,  is a member of the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra and was the 2010 junior division winner of the MYA’s Concert Orchestra. In 2009, she won the junior string division of the Chandler Starr Miller Scholarship Competition of the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford.

CSA Sinfonia attracts talented musicians from all over the northern Illinois region. Admission to this highly regarded ensemble is by audition only.

Linc Smelser, cello teacher and conductor of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, is the director of CSA Sinfonia. Auditions for the orchestra for the 2011-2012 season are Saturday, May 28, in the NIU Music Building. 

To learn more about CSA Sinfonia or the many other music, art and theater programs for children, teens and adults offered by the NIU Community School of the Arts, contact Renee Page at (815) 753-1450.

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