[ Music in Schools ]
June 5 event combines concert and conversation
An event on Friday, June 5 will highlight the role that music partnerships can play in today’s environment. Matheus Garcia Souza ’14 MM will talk about his work as a teaching artist, lead a performance by New Haven’s All-City Honors String Orchestra, and perform with his own string quartet.
Originally from Londrina, Brazil, Matheus started teaching during his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri, with students from the ages of 6 to 50. While studying for his master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, he served as a teaching artist in the Music in Schools Initiative: he taught beginning string students at Lincoln-Bassett Elementary School and then directed the All-City Honors String Orchestra and the 2013 String Orchestra of the Morse Summer Music Academy.
In February, 2014 he was the teaching artist of the week, and in May, 2014 he was awarded the prize for the outstanding graduating teaching artist in the Music in Schools program.
The June 5 event will feature a conversation between Matheus and Michael Yaffe, the associate dean of the Yale School of Music about Garcia’s work at Yale and now at Stony Brook. The conversation will provide a window into the work of the Music in Schools Initiative and its growth as it affects the lives of both New Haven students and Yale-based teaching artists.
The conversation is framed by two performances by All-City Honors Ensembles. The event opens with Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango, with Garcia conducting the New Haven All-City Honors String Orchestra. After the conversation, the New Haven All-City Honors Percussion Group, directed by Jeff Jones, will perform Steve Reich’s Clapping Music.
The evening concludes with Garcia’s string quartet, the Emanio Quartet, performing Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3 in F major and John Zorn‘s Cat O’ Nine Tails (1988)
The members of the Emanio Quartet include three YSM alumni— Brian Bak ’13AD, violin; Matheus Garcia Souza ’14MM, violin; and Colin Brookes ’14MM, viola — as well as So Sugiyama, cello.
This event is part of the 2015 Symposium on Music in Schools, which is focused on the role of music partnerships. The event takes place Friday, June 5 at 7:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Interested members of the public are invited to attend this event free of charge.