The Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra under the direction of Syll-Young Olson has been invited to participate in the American Celebration of Music Concert Series in Italy in March 2020. The NCHS Orchestra will represent the state of Louisiana in this concert tour. The tour will begin in Rome where the group will take a panoramic tour of Rome’s highlights including the Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

In addition to the sightseeing, the group will perform while in Rome. Concert venues will be announced at a later date. After departing Rome, the group will travel to Florence. In Florence, they will see such sights as Michelangelo’s David sculpture and others at the Academy of Fine Arts and share in the Renaissance and the rich history of this city. The group performance will follow on the second day in Florence.

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The journey will continue to Venice. On the way to Venice, the group will stop in Cremona, which is the home of Stradivarius Museum. In Venice, the students will see the city-republic glorying in feasts and pageants, reveling in the splendor of her painting, sculpture and architecture. The last day in Venice will conclude with a final concert.

The following day the group will make one last stop in Milan for sightseeing before the departure back to the United States. The Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra would like to thank you for your continued support in their endeavors.

The cost of the trip is expensive for the participants. This trip will provide these young musicians who would not normally get this opportunity an unforgettable experience in such fine venues, which can motivate their future undertakings. A tax-deductible donation may be made payable to the NCHS Orchestra, 6513 Highway 1 Bypass, Natchitoches, LA 71457. Any questions, contact Syll-Young Olson, solson@nat.k12.la.us or 318-715-1318.