Way to go Manny

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by wrbandel, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. wrbandel

    wrbandel Pianissimo User

    Mar 9, 2005
    Rochester, MN

    Congratulations on a job well done.


    From the StarTribune in Minneapolis, MN.

    "There was a whole lot of conducting going on at Orchestra Hall Thursday morning, and most of it was coming from the audience. Put a thousand or two third-graders in the seats, add some castanets, a sizzling tango, a bit of salsa and an upbeat musical tour, and there's no stopping those arms.
    The kids weren't alone in taking on new roles during the orchestra's four "Viva Latino!" concerts last week. Manuel Laureano, who usually plays principal trumpet, wielded both microphone and baton with panache -- and greeted students in Spanish, which he explained was his first language. And, after some hasty backstage lessons from students in the Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center's hat-dance troupe, one of the orchestra's violinists donned a sombrero and gamely stepped in to replace a girl's sick partner.

    There's nothing new about the orchestra hosting young people's concerts, of course; it's been playing them since 1911. But thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation and some creative thinking at the orchestra, all of Minneapolis' third-graders were assured this month of a steeping in Latin-flavored classical music. Next month, all St. Paul sixth-graders will likewise attend a concert, theirs to be focused on the music of Beethoven.

    To hear the din of excitement (such that only the tuba could be heard warming up as kids took their seats) and see the widespread engagement of these kids is to be reminded that absent adult stereotypes of the arts -- i.e., that dance is for sissies or that classical music is for older people -- third-graders are ripe for taking in everything from a Joaquin Rodrigo guitar concerto to newly commissioned music by Daniel Kallman, whom they got to meet.

    You never know where such an experience will lead. Some third-grader itching to lean over the balcony (thereby giving palpitations to observing teachers) might just sign up for tuba lessons next year. Another may yearn to be part of a dashing tango duo in swirling red and black -- and to receive cheers and whistles like the ones students gave at Orchestra Hall. Even if many of them go home with less focused thoughts, they've at least been to the hall where salsa and the samba had them dancing in their seats. That, if nothing more, is worth re-creating this sort of experience -- for every urban third- or sixth-grader -- every year."
  2. Mikey

    Mikey Forte User

    Oct 24, 2003
    Manny got some great face time on our local PBS station too. He gave a great explanation of what was happening at these particular concerts.

    (Now the babes will be banging on his door)


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