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String Concert To Showcase Film Classics

The Mineola School District will hold its annual String Night concert on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre in Mineola High School at 10 Armstrong Rd. in Garden City Park. The free concert is open to public.


The  concert features musical performances by orchestra students ranging from sixth to 12th-grades.The theme of the evening is “Show Tunes and Soundtracks.” Different groups will play lighter selections of Broadway and movie-theme music.


The sixth and seventh grade orchestras will be conducted by Kristin Frazer. Sixth graders will perform theme music from Forrest Gump  and Jurassic Park  while seventh graders will tackle “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music,  as well as “Final Countdown” by Europe.


“The progression of groups allows the students (as well as the community) to see the development of the string program over the years,” Frazer said. “It is really very interesting.” 

Sarah LaSorsa will direct the eighth grade orchestra, which will perform “21 Guns” by Green Day and Bob Phillips and “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and Longfield.


“Younger students can look at the older students' talents and aspire to become like them one day," said Joseph Owens, acting supervisor of fine and performing arts.


Tracey Campbell will be conducting the ninth through 12th-grade orchestras. Sophomores will play “This Land and I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” from The Lion King and “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S.” and “Dancing Queen”from Mamma Mia. Campbell is also directing the

String Ensemble, which is playing “The Rainbow Connection” and “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera.


The concert concludes with a performance from the 11th and 12th graders who are performing, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Walk Like a Man” and Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” from Jersey Boys. They will also perform other numbers from Fight Night and songs of The Beatles in Concert with vocal solos by Valerie Cobos, Julianne Ortiz, Jillian Palma, Erin Talty and Nuvia Velasquez.


"I think it's so great to get the chance to explore a wider range of musical pieces than we normally practice," Ortiz said. "I can't wait to show people another reason why the music program is so amazing at Mineola."


The String Night Concert is part of school’s Specialty Concert Series. The other being instrumental Jazz night which is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25. Choral Night is set for Wednesday, March 5.