The 2013–14 season of the All-City Honors Ensembles — a major project of the Music in Schools Initiative — will come to a close with a final concert in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall on Friday, May 9. The concert begins at 7:00 pm and is open to the public. Admission is free, no tickets required.
The All-City Honors Ensembles are comprised of a Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. Nearly every Saturday afternoon throughout the school year, a total of 160 New Haven Public School students have been attending rehearsals on Yale campus, led by a combination of NHPS music teachers, YSM graduate student Teaching Artists, and special guests. Students range from 4th-12th grade, and are admitted by audition in October. Participants are expected to maintain membership in their schools’ music ensembles as well, if available.
Previously, the Ensembles only played one concert each year. This season the Ensembles have already played 6 concerts, including a performance by the Chorus at the Shubert Theater, and the Wind Ensemble joining the Yale Concert Band on stage at Woolsey Hall for a lively performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Mambo" (pictured, above). Lead Teacher Rubén Rodríguez expanded the concert season this year because believes that concerts are the most important kind of musical events: “Concerts bring together conductors, teachers, teaching artists, schools, students, families, and communities, uniting them in a singular musical experience,” he says.
However, this concert is the first and only opportunity this year to see all of the Ensembles perform on one program.