With a new name and new director, the
The evening will also provide a sampling of what the youth musicians have learned during camp this week and show the importance of continuing musical training through the summer, said
"We want to let people see how wonderful and important summer camps are for the kids and also see the talent of the faculty who has been teaching all week," Morrison said.
The name isn't the only thing that's changed since the May concert that ended last season. The orchestra, which changed its name during the application process to become a nonprofit, is now being led by Jorge PeÃ帶 after Maestro Luis Haza retired as musical director.
PeÃ帶, a violist for the
"The kids really sound good, and they know we are all in the same boat together. We lost a large group of seniors last year, and, of course, you can hear a void, particularly in our strings program. There is a lot we need to do, but I can see what needs to happen, and the kids can do it. They are working very hard," PeÃ帶 said.
One of the reasons for mixing faculty with students in tonight's performance is to motivate the students to keep advancing their musical skills, he said.
"(Tonight's) concert will focus on the great faculty we have brought to our camp this year. And it will also be a motivator to push the kids to play to the level of the faculty. We have spent a very short period of time, just a few days, but they have already made tremendous improvements," PeÃ帶 said.
"Camp can be pretty intense, especially for the older kids. It's like a crash course for students who basically have a week to learn individual skills, music theory, how to play in small ensembles and then in a large orchestra," said Dutilly, who came up from
This is the second year Dutilly has been part of the Golden Isles camp, and he said he is confident in the future of the program.
"The camp's larger than last year, and I see a higher level of involvement from the students and their parents. There's a lot of enthusiasm here for orchestral training," he said.
That close mentorship between the faculty and students has also been mirrored daily throughout the camp by orchestra interns and the Symphonettes, or beginners at camp.
Some of the interns will perform tonight and hope they can show those first starting out what can happen in a short time if they stick with their musical training.
"It's important to know that classical music isn't dead. There are still kids that are very interested in playing this style if they only had the support. That's why camps like this are so important," said
Sakara, a 20-year-old musician from
"If kids are given the chance, they can learn so much. We've spent a lot of our time at camp keeping the kids musically entertained and different ways to practice. Sometimes, practice can be repetitive because you are working on the same music but we can show them how to focus on different skills. And this concert is a way to show that we are on fire for music," Small said.
"They are learning that classical music can be fun," she said.
"We talk to the kids about partner chemistry and learning how to play together. They can fall back on this and form friendships that continue on," Gordon said.
PeÃ帶's eye is on the future and that includes getting younger musicians interested in classical music.
"I hope the word gets out that kids hear about what we offer and that this camp can lure them to classical music and our orchestra," PeÃ帶 added. "We want to inspire the youth because it trickles down to the rest of the community in one way or another."
After tonight's concert, some of those beginners in the Symphonettes camp division will get their own chance to perform for friends and family Friday morning. Then, on Saturday, the orchestra will hold auditions for the new concert season, with many of the summer campers planning to play the pieces they've worked on all week, Morrison said.
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