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String Residency

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String musicians at North Babylon High School participated in a special residency conducted by members of the Bryant Park Quartet. The Bryant Park Quartet – Anna Elashvili and Ben Russell (violin); Nathan Schram (viola); and Tomoko Fujita (cello) – held three 50-minute workshops for members of orchestra teacher Dominic DePaola’s classes.

The workshops explored the use of alternate music notation to help foster communication between musicians; a sectional workshop, which addressed problems students encountered in music studied during the school year with solutions presented by members of the quartet; and brought the high school musicians together as an orchestra to put into practice the things learned in the first two sessions with critique and additional instruction by the quartet. 

Throughout the day, the students also got to hear the quartet play music from their newly released CD. “The quartet played excerpts of ‘String Quartet No. 1’ by Janacek and ‘Jerry’s Breakdown’ by Jerry Reed, while the orchestra played music from their recent spring concert, including ‘Symphony #29’ by Wolfgang Mozart, ‘Air for Strings’ by Norman Dello Joio, and ‘Bacchanale’ from ‘Samson and Delilah’ by Camille Saint-Saens,” said Mr. DePaola.
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 Facebook