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The Symphony Comes to Arlington Heights

The Orchard Sanctuary

The Orchard Sanctuary

On Saturday, May 19, 2012, the beautiful sanctuary of The Orchard will be transformed into a symphony hall where Arlington Heights composer Dan Wells will be directing a 50-piece orchestra performing three significant musical works.
A native of Southern California, Dan Wells began playing piano at age seven. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from UCLA, where he studied piano, composition, and conducting. After working for seven years in the music industry and volunteering as a church musician, Dan served in a church in Orange, California for seven years. In 2007, Dan and his wife Midge and their three children moved to Arlington Heights where Dan joined the staff of The Orchard as Worship Pastor.
The core of the orchestra for the concert will be made up of musicians from The Orchard. The balance will be guest artists who play with the orchestra for Christmas and Easter concerts as well as other young musicians from the Schaumburg Youth Symphony and area high schools and colleges.
This outstanding event, Symphonic Premieres, will feature the Symphonic Hymn Suite, by Dan Wells. This symphony features hymn tunes woven together with original music in a unique presentation. In addition, the orchestra will perform The Selfish Giant, talented young composer Dan Goeller’s imaginative musical setting of Oscar Wilde’s much loved tale. This will be the Chicago area premiere of this work and will be narrated by former Arlington Heights resident, Gary Griffin.
Finally, the orchestra will be presenting Edvard Grieg's beloved "Peer Gynt Suite No.1." Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at The Orchard, 1330 N. Douglas Avenue, Arlington Heights or online at

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