GILFORD — The annual New England Music Festival Association announced this weekend that Gilford High School will host the 2016 event.
According to Gilford High School principal Anthony Sperazzo, the top 450 high school musicians in New England will be selected for performances in Gilford on March 17, 18, and 19, 2016.
"This is a huge honor for out schools and community," said Superintendent Kent Hemingway in an email shared with the School Board and other members of the Gilford School District community. The email was made public at last night's School Board meeting.
Hemingway estimates that thousands of people will come to the Lakes Region to hear the performances and to support the young musicians.
"We are sharing this information with local businesses as this will be another busy weekend in our area toward the end of ski season," Hemingway continued, adding he plans on contacting area hotels and restaurants in preparation for the festival.
According to the NEMFA website, "through their outstanding evaluations in one of those solo and ensemble festivals, New England's most gifted music students are invited to join together in the New England Band, Chorus and Orchestra at the three day festival, hosted annually by a regional high school... Lead by some of our nation's finest conductors, three days of rehearsals culminate in a stellar concert by all three groups, attended by parents and supporters alike."
A tentative schedule provided at last night's School Board meeting indicated the rehearsals will begin on March 17. Some of the nation's best conductors will work with the musicians as they prepare for two performances on March 19 – a 2 p.m. concert for band and orchestra and a 4:30 p.m. performance for chorus.
Information about ticket sales and the need for host families will be forthcoming as the school district learns more about NEMFA's decision to have it in Gilford.
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