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Two HHHS Students Earn an Invitation Onstage at Carnegie Hall

Sophia Jimdar and Nikko Bianchi began the selection process by submitting applications last June. Their long wait finally ended last week when the two Hendrick Hudson High School students realized their opportunity to perform onstage at Carnegie Hall, the famed 133-year-old concert venue in Midtown Manhattan.

The High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall is a program open to students in grades 9-12. Selected finalists rehearse and perform under master conductors and have the opportunity to meet other like-minded musicians from around the world.

“I am proud of Sophia and Nikko as they represent Hen Hud in this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” HHHS Orchestra Director Lauren Morabito said.

Sophia and Nikko, who were chaperoned by Morabito, participated in the Honor Performance Series Film Orchestra, which was led by conductor Jason Seber, who has led over 300 performances of the Kansas City Symphony and has worked with a wide range of renowned artists during his career.

During the Film Orchestra’s performance, which was played for an audience of concert-goers, teachers and family members, the two Hen Hud students played music from the films "Star Wars," "Jurassic Park," "Indiana Jones," "Cinema Paradiso," "Munich," "La La Land," "Black Panther," and "Psycho."

Morabito said Hen Hud has only had two students who were previously chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall — one in 2019 and one in 2020.

“The selection process is competitive,” Morabito said. “This program is international, with students from all over the United States as well as New Zealand, Guam, and South Korea.”