Francesco Milioto

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December 16 at Elm Place School

For this Holiday Concert, The Strings returns to it’s core repertoire of music written for string orchestra (only oboes and horns are added for the Haydn). Featured as soloist is John-Henry Crawford, 22 year old cellist from Shreveport, Louisiana.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Carter Brey, Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic and Peter Wiley, formerly of the Guarneri Quartet, John-Henry gave his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2011 as First Prize Winner of the orchestra’s Greenfield Concerto Competition.

This past June, he was one of only 3 U.S. cellists invited to the Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia. John-Henry has given a solo recital on the International Concert Series of the Louvre in Paris and last year won First Prize in Cello and Grand Prize at the American String Teachers National Solo Competition.

He has been featured twice with Christopher O’Riley on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” Show and has given concerts in 20 states as well as Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Brazil, Costa Rico and Mexico.

He will perform the brilliant Concerto in C Major by Haydn, as well as the Andante Cantabile by Tchaikovsky. The Strings will add the delightful Serenades of Elgar and Dvorak.


December 11, 2016
Highland Park High School
433 Vine, Highland Park
Free Admission

Serenade for Strings in E Minor, Op. 20
Concerto for Cello in C Major
John -Henry Crawford, Cello
Andante Cantabile ( from String Quartet, Op. 11)
John-Henry Crawford, Cello
Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22


“Crawford projected polished charisma and a singing sound in Prokofiev’s Symphony Concerto.”
– The Philadelphia Inquirer

"I think the Highland Park Strings is great. It's one of the things that makes the fabric of Highland Park special."
– Ken Henry, YEA! Highland Park