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EHS senior selected to perform at Disney World, Carnegie Hall

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Anand Mittal, an Edina High School senior, has been selected to perform with two prestigious musical ensembles at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Nov. 29, and at Carnegie Hall in New York, Feb. 4.

Later this month, Anand will join 609 students from 49 states and territories in performances for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. Students were chosen through an audition process. Anand is a member of the 155-member concert band.

The ensembles will rehearse a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the direction of five of the most prominent conductors in the U.S. The Concert Band performance will be Nov. 29, 10 a.m., at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort. The concerts are free and open to the public.

In February, Anand will perform as part of the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

Earlier this year, Anand auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. He will join other performers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and nine other countries for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall.

“Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” said Morgan Smith, program director. “We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 700 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget.”

Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other finalists, and get a taste of New York City. Two performances, an Honors Choral Performance and an Honors Instrumental Performance, will take place Sunday, Feb. 4, and are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

Anand has studied music for over eight years and plays b-flat clarinet in the EHS Concert Band and Jazz Band. He has been part of MBDA honor band, MMEA honor orchestra and NAfME 2017 All-National Honor Ensemble band. “I am excited to be selected and represent my school at Carnegie in New York,” Anand said. “It is an excellent opportunity to interact with talented musicians from all over the world.”