Special guests David Anderson and Mallory Bray visited with the 100 sixth, seventh and eighth grade Phoenix Middle School orchestra students Friday, May 16.
Anderson is the Music Director of the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra and Bray is an accomplished violinist. They performed a concert for the students and had an informational talk about music with them prior to this past weekend’s Mendelssohn Violin Concerto by the LGSO Saturday evening.
With Anderson on piano, Bray performed the first movement from the Mendelssohn Violin concerto. She also performed a Bach unaccompanied Sonata and a solo from the film, “The Red Violin.”
The Phoenix students were amazed by the beautiful sound of her violin. They were also fascinated by her vibrato technique. The middle school students are studying “vibrato,” a left hand technique that creates a warm sound that mimics the human voice.
Anderson shared stories and background about the music performed, such as the bow technique used in the Bach work that enables a violinist to play four notes at one time. He also explained how groundbreaking the Mendelssohn concerto was for its great “cadenza,” or elaborate showy section that features advanced techniques.
Students were also given complimentary tickets to the LGSO concert.