CSA Sinfonia will perform Feb. 22 concert

Genevieve Smelser
Genevieve Smelser

The CSA Sinfonia will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building.

The concert is free and open to the public, and the auditorium is accessible to all.

Performing at Wednesday’s concert is concerto competition winner Genevieve Smelser, who will play the “Concerto for Violin” by Sibelius.

Smelser studies violin with Mathias Tacke. She has won numerous awards, including the Rockford Youth Symphony Concerto Competition in 2010.

She has been featured on WFMT Chicago’s program “Introductions” as the winner of the DePaul Concerto Competition in a performance with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra.

In January 2012, she participated in the All State Honors Orchestra’s first violin section at the IMEA Conference in Peoria. She is a junior at DeKalb High School and is the daughter of Linc and Ann Smelser.

Wednesday’s program includes “Fingal’s Cave” by Mendelssohn, “L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1” by Bizet and “Suite from Lt. Kije” by Prokofiev.

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 2012-2013 season will take place Monday, May 14, in the NIU Music Building.

To learn more about CSA Sinfonia or the other music, art and theater classes and music ensembles for children, teens and adults offered by the NIU Community School of the Arts, call (815) 753-1450.

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