On Wednesday, March 1, families with young children flocked to the Children’s Library in the Boston Public Library’s main branch to hear students from Conservatory Lab perform live music with acclaimed jazz singer and Boston Public School’s Executive Director for the Arts, Myran Parker-Brass. The Conservatory Lab ensemble consisted of wind, brass, and percussion players in grades 5 – 8.
They played lively crowd pleasers, including “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” The students then accompanied Myran Parker-Brass, who sang “Stand By Me” with Jazmine, who is in 7th grader. Ms. Parker-Brass also read an excerpt of When Marian Sang, a children’s book about Marian Anderson, the renowned opera singer.
After the performance, our students hosted an instrument petting zoo for the other children. The instruments for the petting zoo were provided by Music & Arts.
The event was a triumph of collaboration between Conservatory Lab, the Boston Public Library, and Music & Arts. The audience had a wonderful time, and the library was a gracious host! Thanks to everyone involved!