By T'EALIN ROBINSON
The combined Brookfield Central and East orchestras will be traveling to New York City, NY for an opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall during the spring break.
A total of 46 students in the symphony and chamber orchestras from both high schools participated in the making of an audition DVD for the National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall, one of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, sponsored by WorldStrides, an organization which allows young qualified students to participate in remarkable experiences such as this one. The students will be receiving comments and advice from music professors and directors who are serving as judges for the festival.
The students as well as multiple parents will leave April 1 after an evening rehearsal. The trip will come to end in New York April 5 when the bus will drive back to Brookfield overnight.
While the orchestra has performed in New York before, the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall April 4 is not at all a yearly occurrence. The concert, which will occur in the Isaac Stern Auditorium, is open to the public with ticket costs of $85.
When asked if she was looking forward to the trip, orchestra director Dr. Denise Haney said with passion, “Of course! I live to see students empowered through music.”
“The music we will be performing was composed of ‘Living Composers,’” Haney said. “Part of our semester goal was to connect with each composer in some way.”
The pieces the orchestra will play include Overture to the Wind by Kirt Mosier, Wind River Reflections by Jared Spears, American Sketches by Joshua Reznicow, and Concertino in C Major for Two Cellos and String Orchestra, Opus 3 No. 1 by Ben Karbowski (‘15).
Although the performance is their main focus during the trip, the students will have a chance to explore New York City. When not performing or rehearsing, the students will get a chance to visit Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, see a Broadway musical, have free time to explore Times Square, and attend a special dinner to celebrate the performance among several other activities.
“I’m very much looking forward to it,” said violinist Cassidy Mazurek (‘16). “I’ve never been to New York, so the fact that we get to play at Carnegie Hall is really exciting.”