This was a busy week for the Harmony students at the D’Addario Foundation! On Wednesday, all the students rehearsed in the cello room in preparation for the Friday evening concert. All the students enjoyed getting to hear all the other instruments and performing as both a class and as an orchestral ensemble. On Friday, April 11, students arrived ready to perform their first concert! At 5:15pm, family, friends, and teachers arrived to see all the students. The concert program included the Four String Warm-Up and Mary Had A Little Lamb by the orchestra. This was followed by Old MacDonald Had a Farm featuring the violins, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star featuring the violas, and Ode to Joy featuring the cellos. The concert finished with Hoedown, performed as an orchestra. Students all received a photo of the group at the end of the concert taken from one of their rehearsals on stage the previous week. It was a wonderful event and great way to start the upcoming April vacation!
We spent this week working on the repertoire for the performance on Friday. The student practiced their hearts out at home and it showed when they played Ode to Joy in class. We also worked on the three orchestra songs. Mary Had a Little Lamb was their favorite. On Friday, we had a huge crowd at the concert which included siblings, parents, grandparents, and even teachers from the elementary school. The students were so well behaved on stage and they put on a marvelous first concert. I was shocked by the audience reaction we received at the end. The parents were so pleased with our first performance and we were so pleased with our playing!