Archive for February 13, 2012

In conjunction with his latest CD ‘SINGS WITH STRINGS” on Artistry Music, which marks his debut full jazz/pop vocal album, legendary jazz trumpeter Rick Braun will perform in concert with the Lincoln Park High School Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 PM.

The concert will be open to the public. Braun will also conduct a master class/open rehearsal on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 11:30 – 2:30 PM in the school auditorium. This event will be open to school instrumental and vocal music majors only and possible guests from other Chicago Public Schools.

The Lincoln Park High School Symphony Orchestra has been rehearsing Braun’s charts for the performance as part of their curriculum for several months. Performing with Braun as part of his rhythm section will be Philippe Saisse, who produced and orchestrated the album on keys, Mike Mason on bass, Dale Prasco on guitar and Jake Fansler on drums. The Lincoln Park High School Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Karl Lenss, features 65 student musicians, including a 50-piece string section.
In commenting Rick Braun stated: “This is very exciting concert for me. Not only do I get to continue to perform my lifelong passion of singing, along with my trumpet playing, I get to perform with this incredible orchestra of young talented students and musicians. As professional musicians we all aspire to be part of this process What a great opportunity for us all!

Philip Castleberry, of Lincoln Park High School’s Performing Arts Department further commented: We are thrilled to have been chosen by Rick to be the first school orchestra to perform this wonderful material with him. This is a dream come true for our students and a great learning experience.”

For further background information regarding Rick Braun’s “Sings With Strings” , download photos and to access music go to

Proceeds from the show will support LPHS Performing Arts.For more information please call (773) 534 8130 Ext.24809

Lincoln Park High School, 2001 North Orchard Street, Chicago, IL 60614, (773) 534-8130)