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.

Please help us continue to make the arts accessible to Bronx students and our communities during this crucial time. Make a tax-deductible gift today.

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

Please enjoy our previously recorded  concerts. Check out our upcoming events here!