Bronx Arts Ensemble’s Lunch, Concert, and Learn
Bronx Arts Ensemble presents a virtual concert series introducing 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 and 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.
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Lunch, Concert, and Learn | Why Music?
“Why Music?” features an introduction to the violin, french horn, and bassoon, and explores the importance of music as a personal or cultural expression, fromDvořák’s “New World” Symphony to the Cuban hit song “El Manisero” by Moises Simons.
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
Lunch, Concert, and Learn | Music of Home
“Music of Home” celebrates local New York composers and music that explores themes of home and identity, from the joy of classic jazz tunes to the longing for a better home expressed in Harry Burleigh’s setting of “Deep River” and Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway hit “Somewhere.”
Aires Tropicales, Paquito D’Rivera
Symphony No. 9 from “The New World”, Antonín Dvořák
America I Got to Know, Niloufar Nourbakhsh
El Manisero, Moisés Simons
Deep River, Harry T. Burleigh
Well You Needn’t, Thelonius Monk
Somewhere, Leonard Bernstein
Learn, Concert, and Learn | Music of Unity
“Music for Unity” explores how music can bring people together, in celebration, solidarity, and struggle, through repertoire like the African American spiritual “Balm in Gilead,” Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” and “7 PM,” a new work by BAE artist Evelyn Petcher based on the nightly applause during NYC’s April 2020 lockdown.
Carl Nielsen: Quintet op. 43
III, Theme and variations: Horn Bassoon duet excerpt
Bela Bartok: 44 Duos for Two Violins, Sz. 98, BB 104 – #14 Pillow Dance & #21 New Years Eve
Chevalier de Saint Georges: String Quartet String Quartet in c minor, Op. 1, No. 4 – I. Allegro Moderato & II. Rondeau
African American spiritual: Balm in Gilead
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Movement IV; Finale–“Ode to Joy” excerpt
Evelyn Petcher: 7 PM
Moises Simons: El Manisero
Lunch, Concert, and Learn | Music for Social Change
“Music For Social Change” shows how music has been used all over the world in many cultures as a vehicle for social change, whether as a public expression of protest (“We Shall Overcome”), an expression of outrage (Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 8), or a way to imagine a better world (Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” now an anthem for hope and change worldwide).
Quilapayún El Pueblo Unido
We Shall Overcome
Astor Piazzola, Libertango
And selections from:
Dimitri Shostakovich: String Quartet #8
Paquito D’Rivera, Aires Tropicales
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
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
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