Three hundred and thirty-three students from Hawthorn Middle School North, Hawthorn Middle School South and Vernon Hills High School spent the day on Wednesday, November 1, rehearsing for the evening Orchestra Festival at Vernon Hills High School. They performed together in a mass orchestra, playing Themes from Romeo and Juliet, Donegal Fiddles, Allegro Con Brio from Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, and Capriol Suite.
This is an annual Festival comprised of seventh and eighth-grade students from Hawthorn, and ninth through twelfth grade students from Vernon Hills High School performing side-by-side. This year’s guest conductor was Brian Groner, the conductor of the Fox Valley Orchestra and the Birch Creek Music Festival.