Musicians take a bite out of the Big Apple

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LAHS seniors Eli Berg and Shannon Burns have been accepted into the American High School Honors Performance Series

By Jennifer Garcia

Some musicians dream about playing in Carnegie Hall their entire lives. For some, the dream could come true, but for the majority, it’s something they can only hope for.
High school seniors Eli Berg and Shannon Burns are two of the lucky ones.
They have been accepted into a prestigious national program, the American High School Honors Performance Series and will get the chance to play at Carnegie Hall in New York in February.
Both Berg and Burns have been members of the Los Alamos High School marching band, as well as the concert band, for all four years of their high school careers. Berg plays euphonium, while Burns plays clarinet. They also play in the Los Alamos Community Winds, under the direction of Ted Vives, who nominated them for the program.
In June, Berg and Burns sent in their audition tapes and found out about their acceptance at the end of October. Their trip to New York will span five days and is scheduled for President’s Day weekend. They will rehearse in NYC and then explore the city when they have free time. At the end of the trip, they and the rest of the group will perform their repertoire to a public audience at Carnegie Hall. Jeffrey Grogoan, the current conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will conduct the group.

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