Blog | May 28

History Made - An Online Concert

Streamed on May 22, 2020, the Resilience Celebration was the first online Gifted Music School concert

Streamed on May 22, 2020 at 7:00pm MDT, the first ever online concert produced by Gifted Music School gave the gift of remote music to a vast audience outside the walls of a concert hall! Unlike any other concert, the Resilience Celebration was entirely preproduced, and is constantly accessible on YouTube, in its entirety here

The concert opened with a montage of videos submitted by students in the Gifted Music School Suzuki Program directed by Stacy Smith, followed by a montage of the Solfege Class directed by Dr. Vera Watanabe, and accompanied by Alie Yorgason. Shenae Anderson, alumna from the earliest years of the school, played three solo violin pieces by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Edward Elgar, and William Kroll, accompanied by Dr. Vera Watanabe. Dr. Watanabe followed those performances with her own arrangement of Jean Sibelius's "Be Still My Soul" from his work, Finlandia. To finish off the concert, the Conservatory Orchestra and alumni played a montage of "Simple Gifts" from Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring. 

Putting it all together was a new, uncharted territory for everyone involved, and like all productions, had plenty of surprises and learning curves. With the help of the artistic eyes of the team, the audio and video engineers, and producer, Aaron Hubbard, it came together.

Conservatory parents Jon and Elizabeth Cole wrote in response, "The virtual concert was moving and inspirational. We are grateful to find a silver lining in the clouds of these challenging times!"

We thank everyone who tuned in to either the pre-concert Q&A call with Eugene and Vera Watanabe, the Founders of Gifted Music School, or to the concert or both! Creating and producing a remote concert, and all the musical endevours we can continue to create together is not possible without you. Thank you.