A FACULTY RECITAL
Saturday, April 13, 2019
218 W 72nd St
$12 in advance/$15 at the door
Bach Cello Suite BWV 1012
Haydn String Quartet Op. 20 No. 2
Mendelssohn String Quartet Op. 44 No. 2
Villa-Lobos Prelude No. 1 for GuitarPurchase tickets online in advance
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Very Young People’s Concerts: Forte and Piano
Monday, Apr 1, 10:30am
Forte and Piano explores musical dynamics, from LOUD to soft. Tickets are $26-$31
Beethoven! Making the Fifth
Saturday, Apr. 6, 10am
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Performing dynamic repertoire and incorporating multiple art forms with a variety of artists to create meaningful musical experiences for today’s audiences.
Magical Mystical Moonlight
Sunday, Apr. 7, 2pm
Alice Tully Hall
This concert is all music about the moon! With music by Debussy, Beethoven, Schumann, and George Crumb. Tickets are $10-$30
The Little Orchestra Society at BCM
Sunday, Apr 7, 4:15pm & 5:15pm
Brooklyn’s Children Museum
Join us on select Sundays for “Bringing Stories to Life Through Music”, a music & movement workshop that connects famous children’s stories by authors from around the world to everyday sounds, rhythms and melodies. Tickets are $11.
Violin Master’s Recital
Thursday, Apr 11, 4pm
The Juilliard School
Come hear violinist, Emma Frucht (daughter of our viola teacher, Rachel Riggs) perform the music of Bach, Biber, Brahms, Mackey, and Stravinsky for her master’s degree graduation recital at Julliard. FREE
Silver Music Faculty Recital
Saturday, April 13, 5pm
Silver Music 72nd St
Come hear our faculty perform string quartets and solos for classical guitar! This event is interactive and geared towards our students and families. Advance tickets $12, children under 4–free!
Carnegie Hall Citywide: Ensemble Connect
Saturday, April 13, 3pm
Jackson Heights Branch Library
With their refreshing approach to a vast range of music—from the earliest Baroque works to cutting-edge pieces by Missy Mazzoli and Caroline Shaw—Ensemble Connect is entertaining and always inspirational. FREE
Saturday, April 20, 2:30pm
Bruno Walter Theater
Hear our piano teacher, Wenhan Anderson, perform with violinist, Sarah Geller, at Lincoln Center! The program includes Mozart’s A Major Sonata, followed by Romance in D by Szymanowski, Grieg’s Sonata No. 2 and more! FREE
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS YEAR’S PRACTICING CHALLENGE! This year’s Penny Jars were heavier than ever!
Our total number of minutes for all participants = 31,188 minutes
Our Top 10 Practicers are listed below and any students who practiced a total of 325 minutes or more during the month of February should be on the look out for an invitation to a celebratory Pizza Party! In addition to improving our playing this month, we also managed to raise money for a good cause as we’ll be doubling the student pennies and donating to U.N.I.C.E.F.!
TOP 10 PRACTICERS of our 2019 CHALLENGE:
1) Katie R, cello
2) Lena N, violin
3) Maya F, cello
4) Colin C, violin -tie- Samson CW, cello
5) Suzanna A, violin
6) Frida CW, viola -tie- Sophie J-L, cello
7) Emily McCabe, violin
8) Elsa C, violin
9) Rayna t, violin
10) Sofia SM, cello
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Friday, Mar. 1, 7pm
Third Street Music School
Pianist Vanessa May-lok Lee and puppeteers Jacob Graham and Teddy Yudain perform a musical narrative inspired by the “choose-your-own-adventure” books that May-lok Lee loved as a kid. The audience gets to decide which path the puppets take within the narrative. FREE.
Saturday, Mar. 2, 2pm
David Geffen Hall
How is writing a symphony like playing a video game? In both you get to choose your own adventure! Find out where composers find inspiration, hear how melodies transform, and travel to new sound worlds. Tickets start at $15. Ages 6-12.
Wednesday, Mar. 6, 7:30pm
David Geffen Hall
Cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma and pipa virtuoso Wu Man join the Philharmonic for Zhao Lin’s colorful concerto, A Happy Excursion. The concert concludes with the melancholy sonic landscape of Tchaikovsky’s powerfully haunting Pathétique. Tickets start at $66.
Friday, Mar.8, 7:30pm
Alice Tully Hall
An exciting program performed by Pre-College students collaborating with professional musicians! Works include Tchaikovsky’s Romeo’s and Juliet, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Rossini’s Overture to William Tell and Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students).
Sunday, Mar. 10, 11am
Shel Silverstein’s timeless thought-provoking children’s book is reimagined set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky. From Swan Lake to The Nutcracker to Sleeping Beauty, these classics will be performed by a clarinet and cello duo. Tickets are $12.
Sunday, Mar. 10, 4pm
American Academy of Arts and Letters
Hear ALL our string students perform in this incredible hall in traditional “play-down” format. Our youngest beginners and most advanced students will perform Suzuki repertoire as an ensemble, led by our wonderful teachers. Tickets are $10 (student performers receive 4 free tickets).
Saturday, Mar. 23, 4pm
PMT Dance Studio
Cellist Marta Bagratuni and pianist Audrey Abela will be joined by Hilary Castle (violin) and friends to explore all the sounds the city has to offer! Tickets are $30 (kids are free)
Sounds of the City!
Saturday, Feb. 9, 4PM
PMT Dance Studio
Cellist Marta Bargunti will be joined by Hilary Castle (violin) and friends to explore all the sounds the city has to offer! Tickets are $30, kids under 12 are free.
Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and Ax
Friday & Saturday, Feb.1 and Feb 2, 8pm
David Geffen Hall
Hear symphonic “bookends” by Mozart — his first, composed at age eight, and his final and 41st symphony. Also, pianist, Emmanuel Ax will be performing Haydn and Stravinsky! Tickets start at $39
Lunar New Year
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:30pm
David Geffen Hall
Experience Fire Ritual, a new violin concerto by Oscar winner Tan Dun; Arirang; Stravinsky’s beloved The Firebird Suite; Mozart’s The Magic Flute; and more. Tickets start at $35
Juilliard Faculty Piano Quartet
Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:30pm
Juilliard violin, viola, cello, and piano faculty perform chamber music by Faure, Penderecki, and Brahms. A wonderful experience for our current chamber music students! Students start at $10.
Community Concert for a Cause
Friday, February 22nd, 7:30pm
Come hear our piano teacher, Marko Stuparevic, perform with saxophonist, Joseph Abad! $10 recommended donation. ALL proceeds from this event will be donated to the International Refugee Assistance Project.
We now offer Suzuki Guitar lessons at Silver Music!
We are excited to have guitarist, João Kouyoumdjian, join our faculty this January 2019, teaching private lessons, and Guitar Readiness for young beginners.
There is noticeable crossover between the Suzuki violin/viola/cello repertoire and guitar repertoire. For those children who have been in our RSP classes, many will recognize some of the early guitar repertoire as we sing these pieces and rhythms in our current classes. Regardless of your child’s background, Suzuki Guitar Book 1 starts with pieces most children know already, including Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Frere Jacques and progresses to works by Purcell and Bach by the end of Book 1.
Because the guitar is such a well-known instrument in pop culture and world music, families may be confused about what it means to study “Suzuki” guitar. Students studying Suzuki guitar are learning classical guitar. This style is non-electric, and instruments are wooden with nylon strings (not steel); students use a footstool for proper posture. Suzuki guitar students begin by learning melodies, not chords. As students progress they learn to play the melody and accompaniment on the guitar, similar to the way piano students begin just by learning a melody before adding an accompaniment or variations. There are currently 9 volumes of Suzuki guitar ending with the Sor Variations on a Theme of Mozart and Albeniz Austurias, encompassing music throughout 5 centuries in an organized progression.
Beginning a student on Suzuki guitar will give them the skills and foundation to be able to play a variety of repertoire on guitar, including non-classical. Suzuki develops a student’s ear to be able to relate to music naturally, and carefully builds technique around manageable goals–helping the student gain mastery. Wherever you see yourself, or your child, going with guitar–a Suzuki foundation can help you get there!
I started the cello at 9 ½ years old when it was offered as a choice in 5th grade at school. I remember picking it rather quickly after going in the music room and seeing the string instruments out on a table (I don’t remember seeing any wind instruments, as I think they were in a different room that I never went into!). I knew that my younger sister would be starting violin soon, and I didn’t know what the “other” instrument was. It was a viola, but I had never heard of that, and I must have liked how the cello looked. Luckily for me, I loved playing it almost immediately, learning twice a week at school and carrying my cello home through the alleyways to practice in my 2nd floor apartment in St. Louis. I remember that by the time my first performance came of “Ode to Joy”, I was smitten with cello and had no plans to ever stop playing!
Our Ready, Set, Play! classes have always been for young children to have time to work with multiple instruments before going on to choose one to study when they are older and ready, along with their parents, to work individually with a teacher and practice at home. We are now excited to be bringing this class opportunity to older kids, ages 6-10 years, or 1st-5th grade. Choosing an instrument is a very personal decision, so we give students a chance to take their time exploring multiple instruments to see what “fits” them. How does it feel to play? What are the beginning pieces and how long does it usually take until you can play them? What is the more advanced repertoire, and what types of music can you play (classical, jazz, rock, folk, etc)? How soon until you can play in a group with other kids? And the practical question of how you will get your own instrument to practice with and how you will carry it around New York City! (If I only had a dollar for how many times my dad asked me why I couldn’t have chosen the flute, as he rearranged the back of the car to fit in my cello!)
Why should you encourage your child to explore playing an instrument? Learning to play an instrument promotes social and emotional development and gives kids the chance to develop a skill that will enhance their lives through increased self-confidence and opportunities for self-expression and connection with others. Playing and practicing also helps kids to develop focused attention, a stronger memory, increased patience, and delayed gratification, which is so important in the life of immediacy that we all experience today. The unique relationship of a student and his/her teacher is also a wonderful benefit to studying an instrument. This close connection over many years, along with learning to constantly self-evaluate, react to constructive criticism while receiving support from an adult mentor outside of school is priceless and one of the hidden benefits of music study for kids of all ages.
We hope your children can join us this Winter for our NEW RSP! Classes!
Ready, Set, Play! for 6-7 year olds will be offered on Wednesdays, 5:45-6:30pm. Learn beginning piano, recorder/flute, viola, cello, and guitar!
Ready, Set, Play! for 8-10 year olds will be offered on Mondays, 6:00-6:45pm. Learn beginning piano, recorder/flute, viola, cello, and guitar!
Join us for an Open House on December 16 from 4-4:30pm at our 72nd St location!
All ages welcome–come by to see our school, try an instrument, and learn more about our programs.
Our location is 218 W 72nd St, press buzzer #2RW to enter.
We are at the top of one flight of stairs, strollers may be left downstairs by the mailboxes.
Hope to see you on Sunday!