THE FIRST KHS CONCERT INCLUDES A COMMISSIONED PIECE & 450 STUDENTS PERFORMING TOGETHER ON STAGE
The first Concert will be performed this December with performances by the band, choral groups and orchestra. According to Nathan LeFeber, KHS Band Director, a special piece of music was commissioned for this inaugural event.
The first concert will take place December 13 at 7:30 and will feature the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Full Orchestra, and Concert Choir plus a performance of the commissioned work with all the music students.
The concert on December 15 at 7:30 will feature Chorale, Wind Ensemble, Girls Glee, Camerata and a second performance of the commissioned work.
According to LeFeber, the music piece was commissioned by the KHS Music Department with the help of the Nebraska Arts Council and several other funding sources. Part of the grant was that the composer, John Georgsson, would come to Kearney and work with KHS students engaging the students in the compositional process. Georgsson has made one trip to Kearney already and is planning to come back two more times to work with the students before the premier and then he will conduct the premier in the new space. “The idea behind the commission is to have a piece written that will feature all the music groups,” said LeFeber. “It will demonstrate the unique aspects of the new Concert Hall and Theater.
“The commissioned piece will be in 5 movements with the middle three movements being a piece written especially for each band, choir, and orchestra,” said LeFeber, “and the first and last being a mass group where all the students in the music program will be performing.” There could be 450 students on that stage performing together. LeFeber stated, “We will have the entire band and orchestra on the stage, the new grand piano on stage, and the choirs in the choir loft. It will be a magical sound!”
ABOUT JOHN GEORGESON
John Georgeson is a native of Madison Wisconsin and has taught high school music for over 25 years, worked in the music ministry, and now writes music for a living. He is a very gifted teacher and composer and we are all excited to see what he comes up with.
ABOUT THE CONCERT HALL & THeATRE
“This is a unique theater,” stated Van Phillips, the KHS theater consultant. “It is only one of two in the entire United States.” Phillips is the owner of the patent on developing a concert hall that converts to a theatre. He stated that most build a theater and convert to a concert hall by bringing in costly, heavy band shells to improve sound. The Kearney High School Concert Hall can be converted for theater performances in under 30 minutes and is built for acoustics requiring no shell for sound. Phillips stated that like KHS, most schools will have 3 or 4 theater performances a year but will host many more musical performances.