Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Conservatory Lab Charter School Collaboration
This unique and artistically challenging project centers on the development, composition and performance of a new work by Michael Gandolfi, well-known composer and New England Conservatory Faculty member. The piece is written specifically for two orchestras – a student orchestra, the Dudamel orchestra, and a professional orchestra, the Landmarks Orchestra. This project is just beginning, will intensify in the 2012-2013 school year, and expand into 2014 and 2015.
The accomplished composer visited the school this past Thursday for his initial viewing of the Dudamel Orchestra in rehearsal. From this visit he drew inspiration for his ultimate composition.
In order for the students to envision what the result of this collaboration could be, they will be encouraged to attend Landmarks concerts on July 18th at the Hatch Shell and July 19th at Blackstone Park in the South End. Both concerts are at 8 PM and are free and open to the public. The concerts will feature the premiere of a newly commissioned cross-over piece by Venezuelan composer Gonzalo Grau, featuring music of the Caribbean, blended with the sounds of the orchestra.
This upcoming fall, Mr. Gandolfi will work intensively with the students, sharing with them the creative process of composing and, in fact, inviting them to fully participate in the process.
In the late spring of 2013, Landmarks musicians, conductor Christopher Wilkins, and Mr. Gandolfi will be in residence at the school for two weeks in joint rehearsal with the students as they prepare the new work for performance.
Performances of the piece will take place at the Hatch Shell on July 10, 2013.