Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate Black History Month with the Atlanta Music Project String Orchestra. For the second year in a row, AMP was invited to perform at the Atlanta History Center located in Buckhead. Last year our Wind Ensemble performed admirably for the opening of the Kinsey Collection.
This year our String Orchestra was featured as part of the History Center’s Struggles and Strides event, celebrating Black History Month. We got to perform twice and between shows our students and families spent their time exploring the History Center and doing some arts and crafts. The kids really enjoyed seeing the Swan House which was used as President Snow’s Palace in the movie The Hunger Games.
At each concert we performed three selections for the audience: Fiddles on Fire, Deep River and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. Our new Violin Teaching Artist, LaTashia Bridges, conducted on the first show and I conducted on the second show.
I thought our budding young artists performed admirably, demonstrating improved accuracy and a nice sense of musical line and direction. The fruits of their musical labor are apparent and it is a joy to see them beginning to realize their potential.
The audience gave our students warm standing ovations. I was pleased to receive some positive feedback from people in the audience including “They were better than I thought they would be!,” “Deep River was absolutely fabulous!,” and my personal favorite “Where can I make a donation to the program?” Answer: you can donate here. Here’s a video our rendition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot:
One of our double students, Alivia Carter, who is in the seventh grade, made these two buttons during her arts and crafts session. I was blown away by her positive, self-affirming creativity. Aliva is in her third year at the Atlanta Music Project and I just know she is going places. In fact during an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last year, she told the reporter that she wants to play the double bass in college and also become a pilot. I’ll keep you all posted on her progress!
Thank you to the Atlanta History Center for hosting us again this year and thank you to all of you who came out to watch the performance!