Young Orchestras Will Present a Musical Extravaganza Celebrating Community

On Sunday, April 7, at 2:00pm 180 talented young musicians will take the stage of The Strand Theatre to present Spring Fling, a celebration of the power of music to strengthen community. The concert will feature symphonic, percussion, and choral performances from an extraordinary group of elementary-aged performers from Conservatory Lab’s El Sistema music program, delivering works of Mahler, Brahms, and Sibelius. Radio host Jose Masso of WBUR’s Con Salsa will introduce the ensembles as master of ceremonies.

In recent years Spring Fling has drawn crowds of over 800, delighting audiences with a whimsical blend of serious music and family fun. This is the largest annual performance for the young musicians, who have also performed in venues as diverse as the Sanders Theatre with Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the steps of the Massachusetts State House, and the main stage of The House of Blues. In June they will premier a new work by Grammy-Winning Composer  Michael Gandalfi in collaboration with the Landmarks Symphony Orchestra.

This year’s concert will honor Mark Churchill with the distinguished Citizen Artist award for his years of service to the school and to the musical community of Boston. As a co-founder of the school and of the organization El Sistema USA, Churchill was influential in bringing the celebrated El Sistema music program to Conservatory Lab, and has been a devoted trustee of the school since its inception in 1999.

Conservatory Lab is a public charter school serving students from throughout the Greater Boston Area. Children study orchestral music for 2.5 hours a day, integrated into an intensive academic curriculum. Admission to the school is by lottery, and there is no tuition, audition, or entrance examination.

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