Ensemble Connect

Skidmore Brings the Sounds of Carnegie Hall to Listeners Next Wednesday

Ensemble Connect’s 2020-22 Fellows

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ensemble Connect, a two-year fellowship program that prepares the next generation of promising classical musicians in the United States for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching and community engagement, will perform its first online concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The concert, titled “Up Close: United Through Separation,” will feature composer and performer Reena Esmail as an artistic partner.  

The free, virtual concert presented by Skidmore College and Carnegie Hall will be available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/carnegiehall) and Facebook.

Viewers will experience an online, immersive event that explores the ways in which we invent, recreate, and imagine unity and closeness in a time of forced separation, while simultaneously exploring our yearning for connection.

Ensemble Connect is a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Since 2007, Ensemble Connect has participated in two, five-day residencies at Skidmore each year. Through concerts, master classes, lessons, interactive performances and other events, fellows have reached over 27,000 Saratoga County community members with classical music, including many individuals who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to be exposed to this world-class music.

This year’s nine fellows have already shared their talents with Skidmore College and Saratoga Springs remotely this fall during the 14th biannual program residency. The musicians, who began their fellowships in September, participated in remote visits with students at Skidmore and local schools. 

Whereas fellows typically visit local schools in person, they offered six virtual school visits this year with school-age students at the Caroline Street and Division Street elementary schools in Saratoga Springs, as well as at the BOCES cooperative, in early October.

“I loved working with the young students at Division Street Elementary,” said fellow Cort Roberts, a horn player. “It is always a joy to tap into the imagination of young students, and the remote nature of the class didn’t get in the way of that at all.” 

Fellows also conducted virtual class visits at Skidmore with Senior Instructor of Physics Jill Linz’s Physics: Sound and Music students, and Associate Professor of Music Anthony Holland’s Music Composition students. 

Ensemble Connect fellows will complete the second part of their Skidmore residency Feb. 9-13, 2021, and plan to record additional online performances later this season. 

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