On Thursday, May 9, a group of 30 DDHS Orchestra and Symphonic Winds students attended an “open rehearsal” of the Chicago Symphony at Symphony Center in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
Mei-Ann Chen, Music Director of the Memphis Symphony was the guest conductor.
“She is an exciting conductor to watch, and I imagine terrific to play for,” said DDHS Orchestra Teacher Jennifer Bayerl. “Obviously, the CSO musicians respect and admire her. It was a great for our student musicians to observe the relationship between the conductor and the instrumentalists, and the non-verbal communication between the instrumentalists as they worked to make the music come alive.”
Many of the students who attended this trip had never been to Chicago before and were in awe of the tall city’s skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of the downtown.
The students were honored to have the opportunity to sit right in front of one of the world’s leading symphonies, in seats that for a concert series would sell for $75 to $100 minimum.
Works studied in the open rehearsal were Mendelssohn’s Overture from The Fair Melusina, Price’s Mississippi River, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade.