Members of the Grand Forks Red River High School Concert Orchestra leave Thursday for a four-day performance tour of San Francisco.
The 28-member group will perform in clinic with teachers at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, which "is one of the finest conservatories of music in the United States," said Jeffrey Seabloom, RRHS orchestra teacher, who organized and is leading the trip.
Two conservatory faculty members, a violinist and a cellist, "will work with the ensemble, and coach and direct them," Seabloom said.
The students, who are in their sophomore through senior years, will also give a free public concert Saturday at Sts. Peter and Paul Church that will be live-streamed. A link will be posted at the time of the concert, 3:30 p.m. Central, on the Red River High School Orchestra's Facebook page and the Red River Performance Hall's YouTube channel.
The orchestra will also attend a concert by Anne Akiko Meyers, "one of the most renowned violinists in the world," and Jason Vieaux, a Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist, Seabloom said.
The students will also visit other cultural and historic venues, including Chinatown, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the defunct Alcatraz prison and Muir Woods, Seabloom said.
Another RRHS music teacher, Janelle Huber, will accompany the group, which expects to return to Grand Forks late Sunday evening.