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.
Margie Arito and Nibandh Nadkarni
The jazzy idioms of composer Madeleine Dring take us on a musical journey to the 1960’s as Margie Arito, oboe, presents Italian Dance, 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. Margie is a private teacher with 28 oboists in her studio and also serves as a high school double reed coach. Margie is also a wife and proud mother of two, as well as a partner of Bloom Architecture, LLC. Nibandh Nadkarni has been involved in music from early childhood on. He has been playing piano for 40+ years and has written and produced music for several albums, performed in bands, and has taken up recording/music production in his home studio. He has been a member of the DuPage Symphony for several years and has enjoyed performing with fellow musicians on many great pieces. He is looking forward to the symphony resuming its rehearsals and presenting high quality performances to audiences.
Queen of the Night Aria from The Magic Flute (, copyright Red Balloon Technology, Ltd)
(, copyright Red Balloon Technology, Ltd)
Donald Lurye has played clarinet in the DuPage Symphony since 2008. Donald recently retired as CEO of the Elmhurst Clinic. He is a board-certified physician in family medicine and is a past president of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. He and his wife Lillian live in Glen Ellyn and have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Garth and Cara Anderson
Garth and Cara Anderson perform "Sonata Sancti Polycarpi" by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704). This piece is originally written for eight trumpets, timpani, and continuo. It is performed by Garth Anderson, principal trumpet of the DSO, and his wife, Cara Anderson, who performs in DSO's viola section. Garth and Cara met through their performance in the DuPage Symphony and are very happy to be a part of such a wonderful organization that values its members and the community. Garth performed the timpani parts on trumpet, and Cara performed the continuo part on viola. Generally speaking, the continuo part would be performed on a lower instrument like the cello or the bassoon, but Garth and Cara adapted it for viola instead.
The music of H.I.F. Biber was written for the Austrian courts in the middle of the baroque era. Biber wrote a significant amount of music for the baroque trumpet, which is a trumpet from the 17th century that did not have valves. The modern valve on the trumpet was not invented until the 1820s/1830s. Many pieces like this are played on modern trumpets, like the piccolo trumpet, to facilitate the upper register demands of the piece and provide a nice light sound that is appropriate to the style.
In the absence of an at-home bass drum, glockenspiel, or set of timpani, Bill Jastrow shares a personal story about “meeting a piece” as a high school percussionist. A story about how 4 cymbal crashes and 18 mesmerizing measures revealed a gateway to an undiscovered world of musical sonorities; a glimpse into what Aaron Copland described as being “both inside and outside of the music at the same moment.”
Holding degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, Bill Jastrow’s professional experience comprises over 40 years of secondary instrumental music teaching and fine arts administration in Illinois schools. A member of the DSO percussion section since his retirement from Neuqua Valley High School in 2011, Bill maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, and arranger. A past State President and All-State Conductor for the Illinois Music Education Association, Bill continues to advocate for the essential value of music as part of a comprehensive K-12 education as a member of the Board of Directors for ARTSpeaks. However, whenever a teachable moment ensues, Bill is never too busy to demonstrate proper triangle playing techniques to his three year old grandson.
DSO Horn Quartet
composed by C.M. von Weber,
arranged by Max Pottag, and edited by Gary A. Greene
by Franz Strauss
by Isaac Albeniz
The DSO Horn Quartet (Ashley Biess, Gary Greene, Carie Jancik, Harris Jordan) brought music to the community during a small, outdoor performance. Sidewalk Serenades was performed at Villa Park Community Congregational Church to a socially-distanced crowd that were grateful to hear live music again.
Music and the fine arts have always brought people together, and this concert was a small way of spreading joy to our community.
Thank you to all who attended and to the Villa Park Community Congregational Church for hosting this performance.
Levi Velasco hails from the Philippines, and was born into a family of music-makers. He was only 8 years old when he performed his first voice recital, and was a professional choral director by age 16. Levi began violin lessons at age 8 and then shifted to viola when he became a pioneering member of the Philippine Youth Orchestra, while a student at the University of the Philippines. His career as an orchestral musician began in 1976 with the Manila Symphony Orchestra. Levi then joined the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s viola section in a season when they were privileged to accompany such greats as Van Cliburn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Aaron Rosand, Gideon Kramer, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Dame Margot Fonteyn, and many more.
Aside from stints as a violist with several professional orchestras, Levi also received conducting training in masterclasses under Jiri Starek (Czech Republic) and Valentin Khourziev (former Soviet Union).
His love for the violin remained constant as he took on serious students, and received training eventually to become the Philippine’s first official teacher of Suzuki Violin Method. In 1983 the Velascos and their three daughters migrated to the United States, where Levi completed a bachelor of arts music degree (majoring in voice) at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1988.
After graduating from the Moody Bible Institute, Levi served as the music and outreach minister at churches in the Seattle area, as his family prepared for missionary service back to the Philippines. While serving as church planters in Manila, Repertory Philippines (the premiere theater company of Asia) recruited Levi to prepare their orchestra and conduct the ensemble in 32 performances of the Broadway musical Evita.
The Velascos returned to Chicagoland in 2003, and in 2011 he and his wife Diane co-founded Global Intercultural Services, a Christian missions and humanitarian organization whose goal is to bring hope and healing to the world through its global staff and global partners. Levi joined the viola section of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra in 2005, and continues to enjoy teaching both violin and viola to children and teens.
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 Dring take us on a musical journey to the 1960’s as Margie Arito, oboe, presents Danza 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. Margie is a private teacher with 28 oboists in her studio and also serves as a high school double reed coach. Margie is also a wife and proud mother of two, as well as a partner of Bloom Architecture, LLC. Nibandh Nadkarni has been involved in music from early childhood on. He has been playing piano for 40+ years and has written and produced music for several albums, performed in bands, and has taken up recording/music production in his home studio. He has been a member of the DuPage Symphony for several years and has enjoyed performing with fellow musicians on many great pieces. He is looking forward to the symphony resuming its rehearsals and presenting high quality performances to audiences.
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!