Your Musical Journey
Please join us – virtually, for the time being, as the DSO musicians take you on a virtual Musical Journey.
Thank you so much for supporting the DuPage Symphony Orchestra.
Principal Trumpet player Garth Anderson invites you on a musical journey in time back to 17th century Austria. Garth is a music and band teacher in Prospect Heights who has just finished his sixth season with the DSO. The piece he recorded is a Baroque Era “Sonata a 7” by the Bohemian-Austrian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, written in 1668. As our very talented artist notes, “Normally, this piece would have been performed by six trumpets, timpani, organ, and a low instrument like cello or bassoon. However, you can see that I performed most of the voices on trumpet and used euphonium as the low instrument. I hope you enjoy it!”
Andrew and Madeline Sharp
If you didn’t catch NASA’s historic space launch back in May, it’s not too late to take a musical space journey with DSO cellist Andrew Sharp and his viola-playing sister Madeline, who bring you a duet performance of the “Jupiter Theme” from Gustav Holst’s the Planets. Andrew was recently elected to the Board and serves as its Treasurer. Madeline has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the past four seasons. Before that she was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami. Madeline studied viola at The Juilliard School, after switching from violin during grade school. Andrew started playing cello when he was 5 years old, and participated in the Midwest Young Artists orchestra program while a high school student at New Trier. He is a graduate of DePaul University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Accountancy. Andrew took a break from playing cello from 2012-2018 – but we’re delighted that he found the DuPage Symphony when he took a position as Senior Auditor at Sikich LLP in Naperville!
ZAZZ Jazz Trio
Take a musical journey down Route 47 with the ZAZZ jazz trio, comprised of classically-trained musicians who are all members of the DuPage Symphony. The group consists of Deb Zelman, principal clarinetist with a Master’s degree in Music from University of Illinois; Gail Sonkin, English horn and oboe player with a Master’s degree in Music from Northwestern University; and Julian Webb, Co-Principal bass with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and BS in Music from Bradley University as well as an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. ZAZZ has been together over ten years and performs throughout the Chicago area in a wide variety of settings. They continually push the envelope in creating original sounds and classical crossovers to jazz standards. The piece that ZAZZ is sharing, Night on Route 47, is a completely improvised composition based on the chord changes of “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham. A special thanks goes out to the team at Waubonsee College TV Studio and the show “On Track” which recorded this video for ZAZZ. Enjoy!
Margie Arito and Nibandh Nadkarni
The jazzy idioms of composer Madeleine Ding take us on a musical journey to the 1960’s as Margie Arito, oboe, presents Danaz Gaya, accompanied by Nibandh Nadkarni, a DSO cellist, on piano. Margie Arito just finished her 24th season as a member of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, where she holds the principal oboe chair, is a member of the DSO Woodwind Quintet, and has performed in many small DSO chamber groups. She also performs regularly with ensembles such as the City Lights Orchestra and several Local Universities. Margie is a private teacher with 28 oboists in her studio and also serves as a high school double reed coach. At an early age she toured Europe with the Catholic Youth Organization Band, playing “Roman Carnival” in Rome and "American in Paris” in Paris. She was a student of Carl Sonik, former Principal Oboe of the St. Louis Symphony and Kansas City Philharmonic. In addition to performing at weddings and as a member of countless pit orchestras, Margie can be heard every month at Ascension Parish as a part of their ever-popular Taize Prayer services, as well as at Sunday masses in various churches. Margie is also a wife and proud mother of two, as well as a partner of Bloom Architecture, LLC.