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West Windsor - Plainsboro High School North Concert

Monday, April 4th, 2016, 9:00 pm

Alba, Chiesa di San Domenico

West Windsor - Plainsboro High School North
Music Department’s, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Philharmonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Choir
conductors: Kenneth Carter, Mark Bencivengo e John Enz
Giuseppe Nova, fluite
with the participation of Coro Polifonico "Lodovico Rocca" and Orchestra da camera di Alba e Canale
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, which opened in 1997, is a public school located in Plainsboro, New Jersey, USA. It re ects the lifestyle of a community that takes pride in its con nuing tradi on of academic and cultural diversity and achievement. The mission of the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, valuing our tradi on of excellence, is to develop all of our students as passionate, con dent, lifelong learners, who have competence and strength of character to realize their aspira ons and though ully contribute to a diverse and changing world.

The Music Department has received numerous accolades for its performances on both sides of the Atlan c. Over the past ten years the orchestra, band and choir have played concerts in New York, Chicago, and Montreal as well as Prague and Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic and Madrid and Zaragoza in Spain. Their nal performance in Spain was in Medina Del Campo, where the ensembles were presented with the pres gious Las Ordenanzas De Medina Del Campo Sobre La Labor De Las Monedas in tribute to the excellence of their performances. The ensembles were highly mo vated as they prepared for their tour to Germany where the people have a strong tradi on and reputa on of apprecia ng and suppor ng great music.

The West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North Philharmonic is an orchestra dedicated to the pursuit of the art of orchestral performance. The ensemble meets as a string orchestra in a regular curricular period of the school day and every other session is joined with the winds, brass and percussion of the Wind Ensemble to ll out instrumenta on for the full orchestra repertoire. The Philharmonic’s repertoire has been both exci ng and challenging, as it has prepared movements from Beethoven, Shostakovich, Bruckner and Tchaikovsky symphonies. Last year the orchestra performed Brahms’ Requiem in conjunc on with the choirs of three local high schools. The orchestra has received gold ra ngs at fes vals in New Orleans, Chicago and Montreal, as well as at local fes vals. It has also been enthusias cally received on foreign tours in Prague, Spain, and England. The group has been conducted by Mr. John Enz since its beginning in 1997.

The West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North Concert Choir is an audi oned, curricular ensemble formed in 1999. The choir performs advanced choral literature, drawing from the choral standards, as well as innova ve twen eth century repertory. Gaining recogni on for their superior performances in interna onal venues as well as in the community, the group has received awards for their excellence on tours to North Carolina, Montreal, and Chicago, and has performed across the Atlan c in the Czech Republic, Spain, and England. Members of the choir have performed for former U.S. President George W. Bush. The choir also provides music for The New Jersey Holocaust Educa on Commission at their Kristallnacht Commemora on every November. The choir has performed major works such as Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, and Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem in their short history, and will soon be preparing a concert version of Bizet’s opera Carmen. Having been led by Mary Jacobsen since its incep on, the choir is now conducted by Dr. Kenneth Carter.
The West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North Wind Ensemble is a curricular ensemble formed in 1999 to provide an opportunity for advanced wind and percussion students to perform technically and musically demanding band literature. Since that me the ensemble has received numerous awards for their excellence, most recently gold ra ngs in fes val performance on their tours to Montreal (2002) and Chicago (2004), as well as gold ra ngs for the past several years at the NBA/NJMEA Band Fes val. The ensemble has also embarked on ambi ous tours to the Czech Republic, England and Spain, playing to standing room only audiences. The ensemble has played the music of many of the most noteworthy band composers, including Holst, Vaughan Williams, Reed, Persiche , Grainger, Nelhybel, Sousa, Ticheli, Whitacre, Maslanka, Gillingham, and Sparke, as well as orchestral transcrip ons. The group is conducted by Mr. Mark Bencivengo.

KENNETH CARTER, the new Choral Director at West Windsor-Plainsboro’s High School North, has been a choral musician all of his life. The son of two musicians, he was trained in piano and voice from an early age. He holds a B.M., summa cum laude, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in composi on and theory from Rutgers University. Prior to his post at WW-P, Dr. Carter served for 8 years as Choral Director / Vocal Music Teacher at Arts High School, a performing arts school in Newark, NJ. He has held faculty posi ons at Westminster Choir College, the Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University), and the American Boychoir School. He was also Music Director and Co-Director of the Children’s Choirs at the First Presbyterian Church of Dutch Neck, NJ.
Dr. Carter has composed and arranged many choral and instrumental works, enjoying numerous publica ons, commissions, and performances, including some at regional fes vals and na onal conferences in the U.S. A Kodály-inspired teacher and member of the Organiza on of American Kodály Educators, Dr. Carter was the recipient of OAKE’s 2011 Ruth Boshko Na onal Composi on Compe on.
MARK BENCIVENGO, a native of New Jersey born in Trenton, has taught in the West Windsor- Plainsboro School District since 1993. He a end- ed Trenton State College where he received a BM in Music Educa on and an MA in Music Performance (Percussion). He has been the only band director at the North Campus high school, which opened in 1997. In addi on to the Wind Ensemble he also conducts the Symphonic Band, Jazz Bands, Percussion Ensembles, Steel Band, Pit Orchestra, and Marching Band. Mr. Bencivengo has been a liated with the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, where he directed the percussion ensemble and taught the percussion sec on of the orchestra. He also plays drums with the Nassau Brass and mpani with the Garden State Symphonic Band, as well as freelancing in the Central Jersey area.

JOHN ENZ has taught in the West Windsor - Plainsboro School District for 35 years, where he is currently Orchestra Director at High School North. He earned a master’s degree in cello performance and music education from Temple University in Philadelphia. He completed undergraduate studies at Goshen College, Indiana, with further study at both the University of Michigan and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Early in his career, Mr. Enz spent two years working with the music students of Ecole St. Trinite and the Hai an Orchestra in Port-au-Prince. He toured with this group on the East Coast and to Tanglewood Music Camp. Mr. Enz is a free-lance cellist and since 1980 has been a member of the Princeton Symphony. This is Mr. Enz’s 25th season with the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, where he serves as its Artistic Director and conductor of the advanced level Symphonic Orchestra.



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