On Friday March 18, one of CBMF’s board members, violinist Wendy Cieslak, and professional cellist Elizabeth Austin participated in CBMF Outreach’s first “Concert and Questions” series at the Crested Butte Community School. The musicians played a wide breadth of music and engaged the students through conversation and learning.
Ms. Austin began the series with the well-loved “Swan” movement from Saint-Saëns’ 1886 orchestral suite The Carnival of the Animals and followed with the theme from The Pirates of the Caribbean, which was greeted with head bobbing and smiles. Before the third piece, a delightful Beethoven duet, the students learned about Beethoven, and the style and structure of the piece. The string duo ended the performance with a beautiful modern piece that added many instrumental special effects.
During the course of the hour, the artists touched on how string vibrations produce sound, how music is something that can be a part of your life through college and beyond, practice methods and discipline, the complexities of playing in ensembles, and lots of Q and A.
“CBMF’s Outreach performance at the Crested Butte Community School was a great success. More than twenty middle school students listened attentively to the musicians and participated with questions. An engaged audience like this makes performers shine. It was a rewarding experience for the artists and we are looking forward to making this a regular CBMF outreach event,” said Wendy Cieslak.
On the performance, Music Teacher at the Crested Butte Community School Lauren Ryals said, “I think it went over very well with the students! You guys are awesome!”