Hopkins Spotlight Orchestra Concert to feature ‘Haley’ on February 23

Students are currently collaborating with singer/songwriter Haley, formerly known as Haley Bonar, through an artist-in-residency project.
February 12, 2018

The Hopkins High School Orchestra is gearing up for its seventh-annual Orchestra Spotlight Concert on Feb. 23. Once again, the concert will feature a special musical guest. Students are currently collaborating with singer/songwriter Haley, formerly known as Haley Bonar, through an artist-in-residency project. Haley will perform with the students on select songs during the February concert.

Haley is a Canadian-born and Minnesota-based singer songwriter. Her style has been described as "personable indie folk" by "Pitchfork," and she is well regarded on both a local and national music scene. She has released 10 solo albums and two albums under the name Gramma's Boyfriend. Her latest album, "Impossible Dream" was released August 2016.

To prepare for the concert, Haley is rehearsing with students weekly. The collaboration between classically trained musicians and a local singer/songwriter is powerful. It exposes string players to another style of music, and also gives students an opportunity to learn about what a professional musical career might look like.

"The students are responding positively to the collaboration experience with Haley," said Allison Swiggum, orchestra director for Hopkins Public Schools. "It's beneficial for students to experience the convergence of indie alternative music and orchestral instruments, as it demonstrates the versatility and flexibility of stringed instruments to perform in any musical genre presented."

This is the first time Haley has collaborated with the Hopkins Orchestra. Past Spotlight Orchestra musicians include Jeremy Messersmith and Chris Koza.

The orchestra Spotlight Concert is slated for Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hopkins High School Auditorium (2400 Lindbergh Drive, Minnetonka).

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