Elementary school music students play at Hatch Shell alongside Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Submitted by the Conservatory Lab Charter School
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra and the Dudamel Orchestra of the Conservatory Lab Charter School performed together in a free family concert on July 24 at the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Hatch Shell. “Music For The Ages” played to an enthusiastic and supportive audience of more than 1,000 people.
Students who attend Conservatory Lab obtain a seat at the school through a lottery. There are no auditions or entrance exams.
The program grew out of collaboration between the Landmarks Orchestra and the Conservatory Lab Charter School that has lasted all year. Michael Gandolfi, chairman of the composition department at the New England Conservatory worked with the youngsters at the school to create a new work entitled “The Queen and the Conjurer.”
At the concert, the 2nd Annual Charles Ansbacher Award was presented to Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of the transformative arts and education program El Sistema in Venezuela. It is this program which is now the core of teaching at the Conservatory Lab Charter School.
The concept for this program was generously supported by the National Endowment for The Arts, the Mable Louise Riley Foundation, the Lynch Foundation and the Free For All Concert Fund.