Brass Ensemble Performs for Cultivation Events
An excellent performance before an appreciative audience is the reward to hours of hard work in long rehearsals. The students in the Dudamel Brass ensemble found this to be twice true this last week as they were the central performers at two events.
On Wednesday, May 1st, 4th graders Emmanuel DeJeanLouis and Nate Wertheimer, 5th graders Kam’Rahn Carter, Arianna Rodriguez and Anthony Vega and 6th grader Brandon Volel wowed the sold-out crowd at the Landmarks Orchestra Gala at the Franklin Institute. As guests entered the ballroom, Mr. Schroeder led the group through twenty minutes of music, from the Adagietto from Mahler 5, excerpts from Brahms Symphony 1 to the Star Spangled Banner. They then performed a specially written “serenade” for the guest of honor, artist Fay Chendler and a Beatles medley that ended with a sing-a-long.
After the performance, the students were given congratulations by many guests including Maestro Ben Zander, composer Michael Gandolfi and former Governor Michael Dukakis. The Governor spoke with the students at length at even tried the trumpet as he is a former student musician himself!
In a more intimate setting, at the cathedral ceilinged home of Jan Levine and Brian Igoe, on Monday April 29th, the energy and polish of brass ensemble students had the 60+ guests smiling, clapping and moving happily to their selection of tunes. Chris Schroeder, the conductor of the Dudamel Brass also selected a Bach chorale to the selections played at the Landmarks event.
All in all, a celebratory week for the members of this fine performance ensemble.