Hudson Valley Philharmonic Classroom to Concert Workshops & Young People’s Concerts
Featured New Work: Jessica Meyer’s Through Which We Flow
Performances/Broadcasts in which this work will be included:
- Two Daytime Hudson Valley Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, NY, April 25, 2018 – 10:00 am and 11:45 am – reaching a total of 1,800 students
- One daytime concert at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston, NY on April 26, 2018 – 10:30 am – reaching 1,500
- Pre-concert workshops for Public School Students (Number and dates TBD)
- YPC broadcast on WMHT Radio (Number and dates TBD). Listening audience: approximately 100,000.
We request funding to underwrite the Teaching Artist and Conductor fees for this educational workshop/concert program. A centerpiece of the program is a new work by American Composer Jessica Meyer titled Through Which We Flow. This piece, which premiered with Novus NY in May 2017 at Trinity Church in New York City, embodies different sonic manifestations of joy, hate, and prayer – using the resonances specifically created by string instruments to remind us of the power of our own thoughts and actions.
The overall program includes two main components: the Classroom to Concert workshop (CTC) and Young People’s Concert (YPC), which are designed to introduce very young students to classical music and the instruments of the orchestra. The workshop segment is an in-school program in which Juilliard-trained teaching artist Katie Kresek, who produces education programs for the New York Philharmonic, works with classroom teachers and their students on lessons about instruments and how to listen to music. The students also create a musical score that the Hudson Valley Philharmonic performs at the Concert they later attend.
This year’s theme is American Harmony, which is incorporated into the program’s study guide written by Ms. Kresek in conjunction with the Bardavon and Hudson Valley Philharmonic. The Guide links the workshop to the interactive concert and explores the works to be performed, including Through Which We Flow. It is also a tool that assists Classroom teachers in expanding workshop lessons into general classroom learning, and supports New York State Common Core Standards.
Maestro Christine Howlett, who is director of the Vassar College Choir, will conduct the performances, which will be recorded for air on New York Capital Region’s WMHT Classical Radio. Two concerts will take place at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie and one at our sister theater in Kingston—the Ulster Performing Arts Center. Through the workshops and concerts, we will reach over 3,000 elementary students.
For most of the participants, this program is their first exposure to classical music, which can ignite a life-long love of the genre. Especially with the focus on new music by a contemporary composer, the hands-on residency and performance will engage students in the classical tradition and open their eyes to musical possibilities and expression they may not otherwise experience.
This work for strings is based on assertions found in Masaru Emoto’s book “The Hidden Messages in Water.” It embodies different sonic manifestations of joy, hate, and prayer – using the resonances specifically created by string instruments to remind us of the power of our own thoughts and actions. Premiere: May 18, 2017 – Novo NY – Trinity Church, NYC
Our Teacher Guide was written by Teaching Artist Katie Kresek with Bardavon Education Director Adelina Borman, Managing Director Stephen LaMarca, and Conductor Christine Howlett. This year’s concert and workshop theme is “American Harmony,” which will highlight the work of American composers, including a brand new work for strings by New York composer Jessica Meyer. The Guide will support the in-school workshops that Katie leads as well as assist teachers in expanding learning from the program into other lessons in their classrooms.
This piece was inspired by a series of events while Jessica was staying at a friend’s lake house in the Poconos. Premiered in Auvillar, France with the ECCE Ensemble in July 2016.
Start and End Dates
04/17/2018 — 04/26/2018
Poughkeepsie & Kingston, New York