Classic Chamber CONCERTS AND OUR SCHOOLS
The 2018-2019 Season has begun! Our first concert, an evening with the Philadelphia Brass Quintet. Even more exciting, the next morning, December 18, members of the ensemble and our Artistic Director, Michael Finn, met at Barron Collier High School to listen to the school’s brass quintet. Present as well, the school’s full roster of band members.
After listening to the ensemble play a piece that they were working to perfect, each member of the Philadelphia Brass Quintet made suggestions to improve their sound, tempo, and to listen even more carefully to one another. The Quintet then played the same piece and answered questions from the student musicians. The more than an hour-long workshop was a success; a dialogue between seasoned professionals and aspiring students.
Philadelphia Brass Quintet at barron collier High School
Jennifer Koh, orion Weiss, Mina Smith & Jonathan Vinocour at Barron Collier High
January 22, 2019 – Our second event for the season was at Gulf Coast High School. The piano quartet met Lauren Pardee, the Orchestra Director, and the school’s two orchestra classes. The program began with two short selections by the quartet, one of them a movement from an original composition by a close friend of Jennifer Koh, the group’s violinist. The school’s chamber group then played a selection with the professional musicians listening closely. The coaching began. . . an alternative way to strike a pizzicato, a new and fuller bow stroke for the violins. An exchange of questions with the classes followed.
MICHAEL BROWN, ELENA URIOSTE & NICHOLAS CANELLAKIS at Gulf Coast High
February 5, 2019 – Again at Barron Collier. Francis Lonsway, Vice-Chairman of Classic Chamber Concerts, thanked Judith Evans, coordinator for the season’s school events, the school for its willingness to host the musicians, and introduced Michael Finn who led the workshop. The piano trio, Michael Brown, Elena Urioste, and Nicholas Canellakis, played two short pieces, one of them a movement from an original composition by Michael. All the school’s string musicians attended; the focus was on two of their fellow students, Carolyn Cornell. violin, and Joshua Myers, cellist. Piano accompaniment was by Joshua’s mother, Loretta. Listening and learning. The chairs were moved a bit to secure better eye contact among the trio; the focus of the comments was on getting a feel for the music, a late 19th century piece, encouraging discussion among the players on shortening or lengthening notes, and in ways to make the piece uniquely theirs.
Alexander Sitkovetsky at Gulf Coast High
March 26, 2019 – We met Roxanna Guerra, the Orchestra and Choral Director, and her students for a workshop. After welcoming and introductions, the artists, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Wu Qian, took the stage and played several pieces from their performance on Monday evening. Warming up. We were then treated to the school’s string orchestra playing “The Music of the Night,” by Andrew Lloyd Weber.
Alexander worked with the students on stage and helped them with bow technique. Also discussed were regulating bow stroke exercises with a quarter of the bow, a half, three quarters, and full bow. Working simultaneously with individual students and the entire ensemble the resulting sound became stronger, more resonant, and consistent. A REAL MASTER CLASS PRESENTED BY A MASTER!
David Shifrin, Anna polonsky & peter Wiley at Lely High School
April 2, 2019 – This was our final connection of artists-to-schools for the 2018-2019 season. We were greeted by Jason Jones, Band and Orchestra Director. The program at Lely has approximately 130 band members and 30 in the orchestra.
The workshop began after brief introductions. The artists, each with notable university connections, David Shifrin (Yale), Anna Polonsky (Vassar), and Peter Wiley (Curtis), played several selections, among them, Beethoven, Rota, and d’Rivera.
The artist/student interaction was led by David who began with the clarinet. Some students observed that the same notes were being played in different ways in both clarinet and cello. David and Peter demonstrated. In essence, the musicians noted, it depends on both the quality and strength of the tone as well as the mood they want to achieve. There were also questions about how often they practiced and the length; David, for example, begins the first thing in the morning. Students are always amazed at the amount of hours spent in daily practice! The artists, enjoying the exchanges, could have stayed for more questions but the next class and school bells interrupted. A fine ending to a full year of educational outreach
Educational outreach of Classic Chamber Concerts is a key component of its mission. We invite your financial support, easily accomplished by calling our Administrator, Karen Lannan, at (239) 774-5586, to:
- Donate to a specific concert outreach workshop; check the 2018-2019 list of concerts, or
- Support the purchase of student and teacher tickets to the regular program season.