SARATOGA SPRINGS —Ensemble Connect, a two-year fellowship program that prepares the next generation of promising classical musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching and community engagement, performed its first online concert of the season, titled “Up Close: United Through Separation,” this week.
The free, virtual concert presented by Skidmore College and Carnegie Hall is available on YouTube (www.youtube.com/carnegiehall) and on Facebook.
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 more than 27,000 Saratoga County community members with classical music.
During this year’s 14th biannual program residency, nine musicians participated in remote visits with students at Skidmore, WSWHE BOCES, at the Caroline Street and the Division Street elementary schools.
“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.”
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.