West Palm Beach, February 5: After arriving in Florida less than 24 hours ago, our musicians are already hard at work doing one of the things they do best—coaching young musicians. Earlier today, violinists Daniel Han and Paul Arnold, violist Rachel Ku, cellist Gloria de Pasquale, and double bassist Rob Kesselman paid a visit to the Palm Beach Public School Strings Program. Two hundred students from kindergarten through grade five participate in this incredible free music program, which runs entirely on generously-donated time, money, and resources. It’s staffed by an amazing team of volunteers, including Founder and Program Director Andy Matzkow and dozens of parents—all who commit their own time, teaching children before and after school and raising funds to purchase and maintain the instruments they use.
Today, our musicians had a chance to perform for one of the classes and answer students’ burning questions—from technique to how they watch the conductor while playing. When Andy asked the students what they had learned, one of them quipped, “They play better than us!” The entire room erupted into laughter in response. We tip our hat to Andy and his team for their hard work, dedication, and tireless efforts to keep music alive in young students. Kudos also to our generous musicians for sharing their talent, skill, and the good name of Philadelphia.
Violinist Daniel Han signs autographs for a few adoring fans.
Cellist Gloria de Pasquale shows a few young cellists the ropes (or the strings)!
Paul Arnold and Daniel Han give some helpful pointers to the first and second violins.
Rachel Ku passes along some lessons learned to a rapt audience.
And the autographs continue afterwards with Rob Kesselman and Gloria de Pasquale.
Tonight, the full Orchestra will be onstage at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach with André Watts performing Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto. He's seen here rehearsing earlier this afternoon.