On Tuesday, Harmony Program students at PS 129 in Harlem were treated to a very special visit from a trio of string players from the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Daire Fitzgerald (cello), Eriko Sato (violin), and Louise Schulman (viola) performed for the students selections from Haydn, Dohnanyi, and Beethoven. As the trio played, students conducted from their seats, nodded along with the beats, and mimicked the musicians’ playing styles.
After the performance, the visiting musicians took time to answer the students’ thoughtful questions and discuss their own beginnings as musicians.
Harmony string players then received the very special opportunity of individual coaching from Ms. Fitzgerald, Ms. Sato, and Ms. Schulman. As the class of young violinists started on Smetena’s The Moldau, Ms. Sato worked with each student, guiding them through difficult passages. Ms. Fitzgerald coached the cello students on performing dynamics, and Ms. Schulman worked with the viola class on Handel’s Le Rejouissance.
Thanks so much to the musicians, and to Jen Kessler and Marc Caruso from the Orchestra of St. Luke’s for making this very special afternoon possible.
For more information about the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, including news about upcoming events and performances, visit their website: www.oslmusic.org.