NCHS Orchestra invited to perform in Italy, begins fundraising efforts

The Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra under the direction of Syll-Young Olson received an invitation to participate in the American Celebration of Music Concert Series in Italy in March 2020. The NCHS Orchestra will represent the state of Louisiana in this concert tour. The tour will begin in Rome where the group will take a panoramic tour of Rome’s highlights including the Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. In addition to the sightseeing, the group will perform while in Rome, the concert venues will be announced at a later date.

After departing Rome, the group will travel to Florence. In Florence, they will see such sights as Michelangelo’s David sculpture and others at the Academy of Fine Arts and share in the glorious Renaissance and the rich history of this city. The group performance will follow on the second day in Florence.

The journey will continue to Venice. Upon the way to Venice, the group will stop in Cremona, which is the home of Stradivarius Museum. In Venice, the students will be enthralled in the city-republic glorying in feasts and pageants, reveling in the splendor of her painting, sculpture and architecture. The last day in Venice will conclude with a glorious final concert. The following day the group will make one last stop in Milan for a wonderful day of sightseeing before the departure back to the United States.

The Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra would like to thank everyone for their continued support. The cost of the trip is expensive for the participants. This trip will provide these young musicians who would not normally get this opportunity an unforgettable experience in such fine venues, which can motivate their future undertakings.

Please consider donating to the orchestra or any orchestra student of your choice. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. A tax-deductible check may be made payable to the NCHS Orchestra, 6513 Highway 1 Bypass, Natchitoches, LA 71457. Any questions please contact Syll-Young Olson, solson@nat.k12.la.us or 318-715-1318.

Pictured on first row are Jason Min, Cameron Possoit, and Levi Endris. On second row are Conductor Syll-Young Olson, Gabriel Edwards, Gloria Church, Anna Batson, Abigail Nelson, Zane Harper, Mali Simmons, and Makayla Smith. On back row are Austin Dees, Ronnie Leggett, Madeline Harper, Jania Wallace, Bethany Milner, Alex Dollar, Caleb Edwards, Dane Steadman, Carlee Scott, Jacob Miller, Jackson Wells, Collin Henson, Evan Korn (NMS Orchestra Director), and Derrick Anderson. Not Pictured is Milovan Paz (Talent Teacher).


3 thoughts on “NCHS Orchestra invited to perform in Italy, begins fundraising efforts

  1. What a wonderful opportunity! Congratulations! I can’t wait to support your fundraisers.

  2. Mrs. Olson is a gem of our community, and her young musicians deserve both our congratulations and our financial support.

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