The opportunity came after SAHS Director of Orchestras Jerry Jones heard about MPR wanting to honor public school music programs and requested ensembles send their recordings.
Jones submitted a recording of a concerto performed by the orchestra at a June 4 concert. The SAHS Concert Orchestra is the first ensemble that has its performance aired out of all submissions sent to classical MPR.
“It’s a nice statement for the orchestra to hear,” Jones said. “I was pleasantly pleased and the kids are really excited about it.”
MPR officials said in a press release they hope the SAHS Concert Orchestra will be the first of many stellar Minnesota ensembles featured on their airwaves.
The ensembles airing are selected by members of classical MPR’s staff and Jones said he and the orchestra are immensely honored by the opportunity.
“It’s an honor to know that someone else is listening to us, and MPR will be streaming it online as well, so it has the potential to reach a large audience,” he said.
When asked if he thinks the opportunity will open other doors for the ensemble Jones said: “That’s hard to say, but it is more than anything pleasant to know that we’re doing the right thing here. And to have the experience of having this opportunity to exhibit our work and letting us know that we’re worthy of note from an organization such as MPR is wonderful. It lets us know that we’re on the right track.”
The performance airs at 11 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and can be heard either on classical MPR or online at http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services/cms/streams.shtml
Jones said when the orchestra is together for its 11 a.m. class Tuesday, they will tune in.