Free For All Saturday

On Saturday, Fellows Arlyn, Rachel, and Laura dazzled dozens of young’uns and old’uns alike at RISD Museum’s Free For All Saturday, with a show about animals on the Museum’s day celebrating…

Rachel: the planet Mars, right?
Spontaneous chorus of youth: NO, EARTH!

The performances ranged from a fiddle tune about jumping sheep that had us jumping out of our seats, to a piece about a famous "Swan" played on the cello by Laura, to a Mancini tune (think, composer of the Pink Panther tune) of the Baby Elephant Walk (see video below), to a new arrangement by Arlyn, of Alan Ridout’s "Ferdinand the Bull" piece, originally composed for solo violin. In this theatrical version, Ferdinand, played by Laura, couldn’t get enough of those springtime tulips.


-Sebastian Ruth, Providence String Quartet

College Visions

CMW has three high school seniors who are participating in College Visions this year. CV is a fantastic program created by West End neighbor Simon Moore that "provides low-income and first-generation college-bound youth in Rhode
Island with the individualized advising and resources needed to enroll
in college."

Now that they have put up a website, it’s an opportunity to share their information with you. Keep up the great work!

Blues with Tricks video

Kudos from a former CMW parent:

You all make me feel so humble when I am at an event.

This Youth Salon was AWESOME.
My students were in awe over the audience, the spirit of community in the
place that they were to perform, and just the energy.
It made me so proud.

Carol Rodland Recital

On Monday evening, while CMW staff and students enjoyed a well-deserved vacation week following Friday’s Youth Salon, violist Carol Rodland and pianist Priya Mayadas performed a recital in Cambridge, MA to benefit Community MusicWorks. What a great performance it was! You can catch Carol and Priya in action at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall this Sunday evening, performing the full program.

From an audience member:

I very much enjoyed the concert on Monday evening;
I was somewhat fatigued and lacking in enthusiasm following a strenuous week and
that concert, the enthusiastic and excellent performers brought me back to an
appreciation of this season and life and the arts. I thought that the
pianist was particularly outstanding – her enthusiasm – her
ability to work with the violist and her dedication were all evident and
transmitted to me and I think to the audience and to the other
performers. I had never heard solo viola, much less four violas
together. Carol Rodland played beautifully and, like her accompanist,
conveyed her enthusiasm to me and others. She will be missed here when goes to
Rochester. I hope you will tell the musicians – including the
other three violists, how much I enjoyed the concert – that it restored the
spirits of an old man.