On the evening of January 25 at the Concerts on the Slope (COTS) performance in downtown Manhattan, 11 third and fourth grade boys exemplified Browning at its best! Lucy Warner, Music Department Chair, offered the following report:
Our Lower School “superhero announcers,” dressed in colorful capes and masks, opened the concert, each confidently and clearly presenting information about the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla – one of our school’s featured Composer of the Month musicians – as they introduced Falla’s composition “Ritual Fire Dance.” (Falla is also known by the Lower School students as a featured “superhero composer” in the book “Zap! Boom! Pow! Superheroes of Music,” which correlates with their Composer of the Month studies.
The January concert, which was open to the public, featured a rich and varied program of musical selections arranged for four cellos. Parents, siblings and other family members of the boys attended. The announcers were also delighted to see fourth grade homeroom substitute teacher Gary Norcross in the audience!
Bravo to the boys for their display of exemplary listening skills! This COTS concert was not a “children’s concert.” And, yet, all the Lower School Browning gentlemen sat and experienced the music quietly as the program progressed, with almost all asking their parents if they could stay – some through intermission, some until the final piece of the entire performance.
This “first” for Browning’s Lower School music students collaborating in performance with a highly-regarded professional musical organization was a “super” success!