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GISH orchestra concert to feature guest musician, Dr. Luis Viquez

The Grand Island Senior High orchestra director Kelly Coslet has started a tradition of collaborating with local professional musicians. This year, the orchestra students will get to work and perform with Dr. Luis Viquez at their concert Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. The concert will be in the GISH auditorium and is open to the public.

Viquez is a clarinet professor and director of Symphony Orchestras at the University of South Dakota. He will work with students and conduct a few pieces. He will also perform the Kovacs clarinet concerto “Sholem-Alekhem” with the Camerata students.

Coslet said the orchestra collaborated with a local musician to perform an unknown Mendelssohn concerto.

“This collaboration was a challenge for the students and for myself as a conductor, but it pushed us beyond our limits and made us better as an ensemble,” Coslet said.

She said interacting with a professional musician inspired students to reach higher goals than they thought possible. Coslet said it also helped rekindle students’ love for music.

“Because of last year’s great success, I’m starting a tradition of working and performing with local professionals and professors in a joint concert every year,” Coslet said. “Due to the limited resources of music available in our community, students don’t get the chance to work with and be inspired by professionals as often, so every encounter they have truly leaves a positive impression and inspires them to achieve greatness.”

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