Youth orchestra opens season

DeKALB – The CSA Sinfonia performs the music of Brahms and Tchaikovsky at its first concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Concert Hall of the Northern Illinois University Music Building.  The concert is free and open to the public. 

Sponsored by the NIU Community School of the Arts, this audition-only orchestra attracts some of the best high school musicians in the region. On the program is Tragic Overture, Op. 81, by Johannes Brahms, Elegy by Richard Faith, Palladio, Concerto Gross for String Orchestra by Karl Jenkins, and Symphony No. 4 in F Major by Peter Tchaikovsky.

The work features two talented violinists who are seniors at DeKalb High School.  Genevieve Smelser and Hanna Bingham have both been members of CSA Sinfonia for many years.

Linc Smelser directs the group. He is the conductor of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and CSA Symphonette. He performs occasionally with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He teaches cello lessons for the community school and also teaches for the NIU School of Music and at Wheaton College.

The CSA Sinfonia is one of seven ensembles offered by the community school this fall.  Other ensembles include CSA Symphonette, NIUkulele Ensemble, NIU Guitar Ensemble, CSJazz Band, CSA Children’s Choir and CSA Steelband Ensemble.

The community school offers lessons in music, art and theater, as well as art classes. For more information, visit or call 815-753-1450.

Sinfonia Concert

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24

Concert Hall, NIU Music Building, 400 Lucinda Ave., DeKalb

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