The Northern Orchestra presents Jonathan Schultz on violin for its spring concert.
“For only the second time in our history, our guest soloists will be one of our own, Jonahan Schultz on violin,” said the orchestra’s conductor Gordon Lucas.
“He will be playing the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, the Bloch”Nigun” and some violin duos (with Gordon Lucas.) This is the first time I’ve ever played in public with a student of mine and the first time I’ve hauled the violin out to play publicly in seven years. That shows you what I think of this fine young musician.”
Schultz excels in all areas of his life, says Lucas.
“Jonathan is a gifted player, a gifted academic and a star basketball player. Rarely have I seen a student in high school play to this level – and we should all be out there to support him in his final performance with the Northern Orchestra. A mainstay of our group, Jon graduates this year and will be going on to career prop to University in science.”
The concert has other surprises in store, says Lucas.
“Our community soloists this concert are concert master Kevin Teichroeb, principal second violin Brittany Iwanciwski and principal cellist Gideon Lamprecht. There will also be a performance of the wonderful Geminiani Concerto Grosso in d Minor, based on the famous Corelli La Folia, the waltz movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 and what is perhaps Haydyn’s best symphony N. 1010, The Clock, in D major.”
This year, the Northern orchestra will be acquiring new performers as others leave for their academic pursuits.
“We’re now going to be rebuilding,” said Lucas. “I have six young people in the orchestra graduating this year and going to university, so younger people will be installed. The upcoming musicians are very talented – but not yet as far advanced as the ones who are leaving. So we’re playing a lot of Romantic music this concert and we’ll have to program more Classical and Baroque next year because of the rebuild.”
The Northern Orchestra performs in concert with special guest musician Jonathan Schultz on Saturday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 483 Gillett Street and on March 22 at 2 p.m. at Northside Church, 3337 Voth Road, Vanderhoof. Tickets are at the door, Adults are $10, students and seniors are $7.50.