On Thursday, Nov. 3, six members of the Bridge Arts Ensemble shared their talents and love of the music with students at Harry M. Fisher and Barringer Road elementary Schools.
Stage singer J.D. Webster, mezzo soprano Sishel Claverie, percussionist Kyle Ritenauer, clarinetist Eric Umble, flautist Izzy Gleicher, and pianist Grace Han introduced students to various musical styles. The youngsters heard classical, jazz, contemporary, and blues. Each piece drew listeners in with stories, acting, and the music itself.
The performance was also a learning lesson about the rewards of hard work and persistence.
At Barringer Road, Principal Jeremy Rich told students that these artists had spent a lifetime learning their craft. Anything worthwhile takes time, practice and effort. He said, “It’s okay that it’s hard.”
After the end of the Fisher Elementary program, Ms. Gleicher said she loves performing for younger audiences. They are so enthusiastic and willing to participate.
“People say the arts are dying. We do this, hoping we can kindle a love for music and the arts in this next generation,” she said.
Bridge Arts Ensemble is a group of more than 80 New York City artists who introduce students in Adirondack area schools to the diverse and beautiful world of music and performance. The presentations are funded by an anonymous grant.
Below are photos of the performances and check out our Facebook video.