Spring concert set for Monday at Mount Carmel Area
MOUNT CARMEL - The Mount Carmel Area Symphonic Band and High School Chorus will present their annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the junior-senior high school auditorium.
The senior high school chorus will open the program and feature selections, including "Tell My Father" and a medley from "Phantom of the Opera." Several graduating seniors will also have their own individual spotlights to showcase their talents.
The symphonic band portion of the concert will feature trumpet soloists MCA alumni Sam Rovito, Nicole Rosko and Brian Leslie.
The symphonic band will perform a wide variety of music, including the famous "National Emblem March," Ralph Vaughn Williams' "Flourish For Wind Band," Vaclav Nelhybel's "Festivo," Mike Crotty's "Adventure Films" and others.
Also, for the first time in MCA history, an excerpt from an original piece written by a student will debut. "Spring Overture" by senior Luke Duceman invokes the intense flourishing and thriving emotions of spring, and will feature many soloists within the ensemble.
The program will then feature the trumpet soloists performing Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday."
All three soloists are MCA alumni. Rovito, a 1969 graduate, was a trumpet soloist with the "Mounties." Rosko is a 1993 graduate, and Leslie a 1996 alumnus.
Both Rosko and Leslie were members of the "Big Red" Band, and all three were staff members over the years. Rovito has been involved with the Mount Carmel Area Band for many years, including a stint as the director from 1979 to 1984.
Rovito currently teaches lessons at the junior-senior high school. Rosko directs the elementary band, was the assistant band director, and also was the high school chorus director from 1998 to 2006. Leslie served as a brass and marching instructor, as well as the assistant band director from 2006 to 2011.
The senior high school chorus is under the direction of Melinda Hoopes, and the chorus is accompanied by Sharon Styer. The symphonic band is under the direction of Bernard Stellar.
Admission to the program is free.