A few photos from Friday’s free dinner and Providence String Quartet concert at the John Hope Settlement House on Westminster Street.
Melody [Ward, the facilitator] framed the discussion by asking students what they would like their parents to do to support them. Many wonderful suggestions and ideas were presented, but the most frequently recurring wish was for parents to pay attention (listen, provide encouragement, keep track of lessons and progress). Can this be? Adolescents explicitly asking their parents to notice them, to sit with them and express pride in their accomplishment! What an opportunity to open communication and build a relationship.
The following is an excerpted list of ideas and comments generated by students and parents.
What parents can do:
-Jacque Russom, CMW board, parents committee
1. Antonin Dvorak: "American" Quartet, 1st movement
Go here for a copy of Jesse Holstein’s accompanying essay, featuring H. T. Burleigh, Mrs. Jeanette Thurber, New York City’s National Conservatory, and The Courting of Dvorak, or "Show me the money!".
*Arranged for quartet by another CMW friend, the incomparable Jeff Louie.
On February 9th, 35 of us from Community MusicWorks went by bus to New Bedford. There we saw the Symphony Orchestra. They played Post Cards of the Americas. A female narrator, dressed in purple, spoke for the art. The largest instruments were the beautiful wooden bass guitars. I was most impressed by the elegant harp and its graceful sound.
Jesse Holstein played fantastic! When he got on stage everyone clapped. I was very excited to see him. I realized that he had a bigger part in the performance than I had thought. I believe that he was the best violin player. I look forward to seeing him play again. The music made me feel grateful to be there. Thank you.
-Ruby Espinosa, cello (3rd grade)