The 2012 All-County Middle School Music Festival is Saturday, February 11, 7 p.m., at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. It will feature the top 177 Frederick County public middle school music students, selected from a rigorous audition process last November to perform for the public: 75 in All-County Chorus, 56 in All-County Band and 46 in All-County Orchestra.
Three guest conductors, who have selected repertoire to showcase student talents, will lead each group in the concert: Michelle Rafter, Dr. Keith A. Wharton and Matt Horwitz-Lee. Washington County’s Williamsport High School Choral Director Michelle Rafter will lead the chorus. Kent County’s High School Band Director Keith Wharton will conduct the band. Peabody Youth Orchestra Conductor Matt Horwitz-Lee will conduct the orchestra.
Chorus selections will include Joyful, Joyful Day, On Justice, Truth and Peace, Durme, Durme, Come In from The Firefly Darkness, Gabi, Gabi and I’ll Make the Difference. The band will perform Festival and Ballade for Winds, Bridgeview Overture, In Honor of the Fallen, Whispers of the Wind and Fidelity March. Orchestra selections will include Air on the G String, B Suite for Strings, Arlington Sketches and Tango from Tangos and More: Six Dances for String Quartet.
Admission, payable at the door, is $5 for adults, $3 for school-age children and senior citizens, with a $10 family maximum when families arrive together. Admission is free for FCPS employees with work ID. Revenue from admission tickets supports this and other countywide musical events.
The snow date is Monday, February 13, same time and place. The Web site will include updates in the event of bad weather, including any rehearsal schedule changes.