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Lunch, Concert, and Learn | Why Music? Featuring BAE Teaching Artists

May 20, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Lunch, Concert, and Learn

Why Music?

Time: Thursday, May 20 at 1:00 PM

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Concert #1 – “Why Music?” features an introduction to the violin, french horn, and bassoon, and explores the importance of music as a personal or cultural expression, from Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony to the Cuban hit song “El Manisero” by Moises Simons. It is appropriate for elementary and middle school audiences.

Bronx Arts Ensemble’s new virtual concert series introduces students to classical music and orchestral instruments through a diverse set of programs, including folk songs from many cultures, music by contemporary New York composers, and classics like Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” It features BAE teaching artists Evelyn Petcher & Thomas Martin (violin), Wil Dannenberg (french horn), and Kika Wright (bassoon), who both perform and share historical and cultural information about each piece in engaging, interactive ways. The four concerts explore themes of identity, hope, unity, and social change, and how music has been used to express each of these in different cultures and moments in history.


Senwa Dedende–Ghanaian folk song

Carl Nielsen Woodwind Quintet, Movement II Variation 1: Horn Bassoon duet

Violin Duo 14 and 21 from 44 Duos, Bela Bartok 

Chevalier-de-Saint-Georges String Quartet #4

El Manisero by Moises Simons

7 PM by Evelyn Petcher

Symphony Number 9, “New World” Mvt II Largo by Antonin Dvorak


Bronx Arts Ensemble Teaching Artists

Evelyn Petcher, Violin

Thomas Martin, Violin

Wilden Dannenberg, Horn

Kika Wright, Bassoon

BAE Arts-In-Education Framework

BAE’s arts education curriculum presents music, dance, visual arts, and theater through an intersection of ideals, embodied in the best practices of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Culturally Responsive Sustainable Education (CRSE), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), 21st Century Learning Standards, and the NYC Department of Education’s Arts Education Standards.

Concert made possible by the generous support of the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund



May 20, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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