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A Story of Amazing Potential, featuring the students of the Conservatory Lab

December 27, 2012

Jeanie Noto joined our staff here at the Landmarks Orchestra just a few months ago, and last week had the opportunity to attend a holiday concert by the Conservatory Lab Charter School. Here’s what Jeanie had to say:

Last night I had the great privilege of seeing the Conservatory Lab Charter School’s end of semester concert. The Longy School of Music hosted Conservatory Lab in their concert hall, and the place was packed to the brim with families, students, and teachers.

Students showed what they had learned that semester, and proud parents clapped, yelled their children’s names, and applauded loud and often. It was a marvelous sight.  The support for the students was palpable, and it made the music soar.  Conductors and students alike seemed both proud and a little nervous to finally show off their work.

Each musical group was well balanced and played extraordinarily well, but listening to the incredible talent of the students in Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s partner orchestra, the Dudamel, was particularly exciting. They played Finlandia by Sibelius, a Japanese Lullaby by Yamada, and the Fourth Movement from Symphony No. 1 by Brahms.  These young students played with remarkable delicacy and concentration. They paid close attention to their conductor, the very talented Adrian Anantawan.

Finlandia was loud, strong, and strident, just as it should have been, and the students seemed to be having a great time while they played it. The Japanese Lullaby was very gentle at first, and then grew into a stronger, louder melody, which is something that most young orchestras have trouble achieving and controlling, but was absolutely accurate last night.  The Dudamel orchestra’s handling of the Brahms showed a grasp of dynamics and a very complicated opposing rhythm, which is rare in even high school level orchestras.

The music was very well done, especially for such young students, but the best part of the concert was the atmosphere of love, joy, accomplishment, and pride in the concert hall. The teachers and parents clearly cared so much about the students, and were so pleased with their efforts.  I am sure that this summer the whole Hatch Shell will feel the same when the Conservatory Lab students play with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

Young and curious musicians from Conservatory Lab. Photo courtesy of From the Top CDAL Boston

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