JOLIET – The Joliet Township High School Orchestra traveled to New Orleans during its spring break from March 26 to 31. The trip was filled with music and culture.
Throughout their visit, the students also were enriched by exploring New Orleans’ vibrant culture and enjoyed guided tours, restaurants and museums unique to this historic city.
On March 28, they visited Tulane University’s Dixon Performing Arts Center and participated in a clinic with Maxim Samarov, Tulane University’s orchestra director.
Afterwards the JTHS Orchestra shared a live performance open to the public in Jackson Square, a city-block-sized open park, in the historic French Quarter. This park is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and designated as one of America’s Great Public Spaces by the American Planning Association.
The following day, the JTHS Orchestra participated in another clinic with Kent Jensen of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at Loyola University-Roussell Hall.
During the clinics and the public performance, the students benefited from a dynamic learning opportunities that not only built their technique and general orchestral abilities, but also gained experiences that will be with them for a lifetime.