"String Fever" to showcase student performers

St. Scholastica's upcoming concert, "String Fever," will bring the warmth of a Western hoedown and a sunny Italian day to Duluth.

The performance, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, will offer an eclectic blend of musical categories.

"There will be quite a variety of styles and moods, from Baroque to Modern and from elegant to folksy," said String Orchestra director Penny Schwarze, who teaches stringed instruments and music history at St. Scholastica.

Highlights from the program include a performance of "Hoe-Down," a movement from Aaron Copland's "Rodeo" western-themed ballet. Listeners might recognize the upbeat tune from the "Beef: It's What's for Dinner" commercials. The orchestra will also perform selections by Italian violinist/composer Arcangelo Corelli.

The group's four graduating seniors, Paul Wojack (violin), Alexa Verner and Jennifer Marcussen (viola), and Matthew LeMon (double bass) will be featured in solo performances.

In addition, the show includes music from a Guitar Duo, directed by Tyler Kaiser, and a Flute Trio, directed by Shelley Gruskin. General admission tickets are $5.

St. Scholastica's 2014-15 Music Department Concert student and faculty concerts will conclude on May 1 with "A Story for the Ages," a celebration of musical storytelling by the St. Scholastica Choral Ensembles. For more information visit spotlight.css.edu, St. Scholastica's one-stop shop for arts and lectures information and tickets.