Yesterday I was in rehearsal with Symphony Nova Scotia for a pair of concerts I’m conducting today. It’s a particularly fun concert – for young children – and it gives the kids a chance to do something that most people never get to do: to play with a symphony orchestra.
The concert is based on a program developed by Carnegie Hall, called Link Up. The kids have been learning to play some exciting classical repertoire — on recorder — back in their schools for the past few months. Today, we put it all together – and we get to hear what close to 1000 recorders sound like when played at the same time!
This is the kind of musical experience these kids will remember for a lifetime: the time they played with a symphony orchestra. Out of the almost 2000 young people who’ll attend today’s concerts, some will become performing musicians as their life’s work. For others, music will be an important pastime that will define who they are.
And for most of them, playing music with professional musicians today will be a powerful, lasting memory, one that will play a significant role in whoever they become.
Do do you have a memory of something similar from your past? Did you play with a professional, or perhaps sing one of your early songs for an idol? Please feel free to leave a comment below.
Written by Gary Ewer