The orchestra performed “Spring” and “Winter” from Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons,’ with Jed Gaylin, the symphony’s music director, both conducting and offering informative commentary in between the musical movements. Concert master and violinist Jorge Avila was among the featured musicians.
Students were from the Pennsylvania Avenue and Richmond Avenue schools in Atlantic City, and had an opportunity to study the music with their teachers through a month-long curriculum provided by the Bay Atlantic Symphony. Many of the students also were in the schools’ music programs and learning to play an instrument.
“It was amazing to see how much feeling the musicians put into their performance,” said Khadiza Kubra, age 13, an eighth grader at Pennsylvania Avenue School. “I liked how all of the instruments came together to create different sounds for winter and spring.”
“I liked watching the expression on the face of the conductor,” said Alphi Nashia, age 9, a third grader at Richmond Avenue School. “It was a great concert.”
Original student art, with the concert as a topic, was exhibited at the performance. The event was part of the Schultz-Hill Foundation’s dedication to promote and support arts, history and education in South Jersey via educational scholarships, direct grants and funding for the Arts, historical and musical programs. For more information, visit http://www.schultz-hill.org.