Chaconne #18 – PS K179 Brooklyn, NY

Well folks, I am really happy because tomorrow morning I am playing the Chaconne for approximately 150 5th grade Violin students at PS K 179 in Brooklyn.  I am performing courtesy of Principal Bernadette Amato, Director Toby Kasavan of Neighborhood Music and Arts  (who provides the music program for the school) and the children’s violin teacher Megan Berson.   Stand by for the results in the next few days!  

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Well this turned out just great – we had terrific support from Principal Amato the classroom teachers Ms. Campili, Ms. Moshitz, Ms. Orlando, Ms. Pacheco-Vitulli, Ms. Durka, Mrs Dibella and Ms. Crass, as well as the children’s violin teach Ms. Berson.

The performance was pretty good, I had enough time to warm up. I used a new approach to rhythmic organization – really letting the time drive hard and build all the way through the first section into the major section, and then treat that section in a similar manner, only letting the third section meander and wander as it would.

It was very gratifying to feel the kids being with me the whole way through the Chaconne – a good 15 minutes of solid music.  As I anticipated, there was no problem whatsoever with their attention span.

Afterwards we were able to capture on video the most informative reactions of a number of individual students (I will edit them and post them here in few weeks).

 

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9 Comments

  1. Posted November 25, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    You go Shem – Little moments such as this provide the components of character building and the inspiration that can save lives.

  2. Posted November 25, 2013 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Wishing you every blessing in this season. You are an amazing soul.

  3. daler
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    good song i like it

  4. daler naimanov
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    go shem go

  5. Noila Sattarova
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Thank You For coming to our school. I am in class 501. I liked this song because it felt to me like the people in the song were each telling what happened to them and how they felt when it happened to them. what I also liked was the parts where it was quiet and sometimes it wasn’t quiet. Thanks again for coming to our School!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Posted November 26, 2013 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Noila and Daler: thank you for writing me and sharing your experience with everyone. I thought you and your fellow students were a wonderful audience! Keep practicing, ok?

  7. imane
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    dear shem,
    I loved ur performance that u did in NOVEMBER 25,2013 I liked it so much it was a lot touching and it mad me cry and a few parts were romantic.

  8. Posted December 5, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    lucky kids, lucky you!

  9. Posted December 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Shem – can’t tell you how impt what you’re doing is. As a NJ high schooler, I was bused into the old Met opera rehearsals on Wed afternoons, and I have loved opera ever since.Read more…