Brockton School’s World Music Program debuts at Carnegie Hall!
The World Music Program (WMP) has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall’s “Sounds of Spring” festival on March 28th. When the co-founders and co-directors of this internationally-recognized program, Adrian Dyck and Paige Freeborn, received their invitation last October, they were surprised. “This came out of left field for us and we did not think we would be selected to play because, quite honestly, they didn’t even have a category for us.” The festival is a competition and four high school ensembles were chosen from among all of the global applicants. “We saw the traditional ensemble categories on the application, which included choirs, bands, and orchestras, but there was no category that would fit the 1,000 pounds of handcrafted African marimbas and other percussion instruments we perform on.” As it turns out, the people judging the application were so interested that they offered the World Music Program one of four positions in the Festival. “It’s been quite the experience coordinating this event,” say both directors. “We have now sent in scores that we have needed to create, as all of our music includes original arrangements or original compositions.” And then there is the first piece on the program, written by Brockton grade 9 student Josh Handford, who is visually impaired. “Josh is now in grade 9, but he finished the score when he was in grade 8.” “Darkness into Light” is an epic musical journey that explores Josh’s experiences as a visually-impaired person. In the words of this young, talented composer: “This song is a musical expression of my experience of being visually-impaired in a sighted world, an experience that has been coloured by moments of frustration, anger, fear and exhaustion, but also many moments of compassion, understanding, trust, friendship and love.”
53 Brockton School students will be departing for New York City on March 22 and their cultural tour will involve more than just their Carnegie Hall performance. While in NYC, they will also perform at a children’s hospital and a nursing centre, as well as the New Jersey Liberty Science Centre. Over the course of the week students will visit the United Nations, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York Public Library. They will also visit many other famous New York landmarks, go on a harbour yacht cruise, and attend a Broadway show.
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