Now at Q2 Live Concerts: “Ensemble ACJW “
Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on June 12, 2011
Posted Friday October 28, 2011 to RSS,
Thursday, October 27, 2011
“In recent years there has been a movement towards educational institutions re-evaluating their role in preparing young musicians for a life in music. Rather than just churning out top-notch players who can play Paganini caprices in their sleep, schools are now placing higher emphasis on cultivating artists who have not only mastered their instruments but are equally comfortable teaching in the classroom, performing in casual club venues like (Le) Poisson Rouge, and taking on administrative responsibilities in creating community-based projects.
Ensemble ACJW (Noriko Okabe)
The Academy — a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, is one such institution which has taken the bull by the horns and created a fellowship program to train musicians in becoming an active member of the community at large. Alongside the fellows’ performing responsibilities in Ensemble ACJW, each member of the group teaches in a New York City public school and also develops engaging community projects to further their leadership roles in the arts and culture of the city.
In this June 12 show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Ensemble ACJW performs an adventurous and eclectic program of their own design with works by Oscar Bettison, Béla Bartók and Fréderic Chopin. In addition to their roles as ACJW fellows, Brandon Ridenour (trumpet), Nathan Schram (viola) and Hamilton Berry (cello) show off their arrangement skills in the non-traditional tunes of Thelonious Monk, Vienna Teng, Radiohead and Pink Floyd.
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