The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra presents the concert of its young performer at La Salle-Peru High School – Shaw Local
Thrill and Chills, a family concert featuring the winners of the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Young Performers Competition, will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 at La Salle High School-Peru’s Matthiessen Auditorium .
Dan Sommerville, conductor of the IVSO, will present the winners of the young performer competition for 2022, as well as an instrument demonstration for narrator and orchestra, entitled “The Thrill of the Orchestra”. The composer of this piece was Russell Peck, whose orchestral compositions have received thousands of performances in cities around the world, including Kiev, Warsaw, Montreal and Singapore, among others. Peck died March 1, 2009 in North Carolina.
The narrator of this program will be Roger Amm, a 32-year-old retired music teacher from Ottawa high school. Amm sits on the Ottawa High School Board of Trustees. He also helped produce three Emmy Award-winning documentaries by Kanestar Productions. He performed leading roles in the musicals ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Bright Star’ at the Engle Lane Theater in Streator.
The winner of the junior division is Ava Rosengren, flautist, freshman at Serena High School and daughter of Tamil and Mike Rosengren, of Serena. She has been playing the flute since the age of 6 as a student of Cindi Isenhower. More recently, she studied at Music Studio 408 with Jennifer Etscheid and is a student of Sue Gillio. Ava is a member of the Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble and plays alto flute. She has been selected for the Junior and Senior District #2 ILMEA Band Festivals for the past four years, has participated in numerous Honor Band Festivals, Flute Camps and Teaching Days and is a member of the Serena High School Band under the direction of Geoff Pierce.
The winner of the senior division is Madison Vescogni, flautist, and is a junior at Lycée La Salle-Peru. She is the daughter of Brian and Michele Vescogni, from Peru. Maddie has studied privately with Sue Gillio at Music Suite 408 for the past five years and is a member of the Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble, playing contrabass flute. At LP, she plays in the high school band’s wind ensemble and was one of the 2021 drum majors for the Marching Cavaliers, all under the direction of Jeremy Stevens. She competed in District #2’s ILMEA Junior and Senior bands and was selected as an all-state musician in 2021. She was selected to the I-8 All-Conference Band as a freshman and junior. Maddie has also participated in the annual Flute Day and Summer Flute Retreat in Peru.
The award ceremony for young performers will follow the winning performances.
The afternoon program will also include “Die Fledermaus Overture”, by Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899) followed by “The Thrill of the Orchestra” by Russell Peck and narrated by Roger Amm.
Admission is by season pass or will be available at the door, or by purchasing tickets at www.ivso.org. Tickets are $20 for adults and free for K-12 students. College students also enjoy free entry with ID.
This program was sponsored by Miller Group Charitable Trust. The season’s sponsors are Ottawa Radio WCMY 1430 AM and 95.3 JackFM.