2014 Captivate Strings Chamber Concert – St Finbar’s Catholic Church Glenbrook

Chamber Concert 2014On Sunday November 9th 2014, our Captivate String Orchestra, Parramatta Marist High Chamber Orchestra and our Captivate Staff Chamber Orchestra performed works by Caccini, Bach, Purcell, Smetana, Dvorak to a very appreciative and sizable audience in the beautiful setting of St Finbar’s Catholic Church Glenbrook. This concert has become an annual event and this is our 3rd annual Captivate Strings Chamber Concert.

The importance of this event is to celebrate and affirm our students’ achievement in the Captivate Strings Program in a less formal setting than our Captivate Showcases and for our Staff Chamber Orchestra to perform and model the repertoire for the following year.

This abridged (shortened) arrangement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto # 3 in G Major, 1st movement, is performed here by our staff chamber orchestra; comprised of our classroom and specialist teachers in the String Things Program implemented across 13 Catholic Primary Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta. This arrangement will be published as an ensemble pack with embedded media such as score/recording video and tuition videos for each part so that our Captivate String Orchestra will confidently perform this work in 2015.

Also, Parramatta Marist High School Chamber Orchestra were invited to perform at the concert

When we combine both of our Captivate String Orchestras, we have a larger ensemble of about 45 members. However, for our Chamber Music Concert, we divide our combined Captivate String Orchestra into the Penrith-Mountains Orchestra which rehearses every 2nd Tuesday after school at St Mary MacKillop Primary School, South Penrith and concists of students that have come through our Captivate Strings Program in the classroom in our Penrith – Blue Mountains Schools.

And our Blacktown-Kellyville orchestra which rehearses every 2nd Wednesday after school at St Andrew’s Primary School Marayong (Near Blacktown) and consists of students that have mainly come through our classroom strings programs in our Blacktown – Kellyville area Catholic Schools.

The learning is facilitated with innovative use of learning media in the shape of the Flipped Classroom – or rather the Flipped Orchestra (Click here to read my earlier blog post on the Flipped Orchestra – eLearning Resources to Extend Musical Understanding and Motivation) The members of our Captivate String Orchestra mainly come through our classroom strings program (Click here to read ‘Captivate Strings – The How What & Why’) though other students learning from outside teachers may also be invited. Both in the classroom program and in the Captivate String Orchestra, students are able to extend their understanding of the music and more quickly learn their part through the use of embedded media such as tuition videos and video scores.

Also, many students in our schools have access to iPads in the classroom and at home and are able to explore the music score through iBooks with embedded media – to better understand how their own part fits within the whole orchestra and listen to each instrument/part separately or together Click here to download the Free iBook from the iTunes store: Themes from the Moldau – a Preview of the Captivate String Orchestra Arrangement – or download the iBook app to your iPad and search the iBook store for the book of that same title.

We always save the best until last in our Captivate Strings Concerts and look for those ‘God Moments’. We need to recognize the Divine in the Everyday in our schools in music, dance, drama & visual arts (Click here to read my previous post ‘Recognizing the Divine in the Everyday’) – anywhere that our students can find that intrinsic motivation to create these special moments in time.

Our staff orchestra accompanies Caccini’s beautiful setting of the Ave Maria – arranged here by one of our teachers, Mr Andras Racz – soloist; Abbey Keane

Let’s continue to reflect on and celebrate our wonderful musical jounrey for 2014 and look forward to some great musical moments in 2015.

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The Strings Things Teaching Program including original music,
musical arrangements and media are authored, composed,arranged
& produced by Phil Rooke and published by
Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta © 2009 All rights reserved

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About captivatestrings

Phil Rooke is a Teacher Educator, specializing in Music Education for the Catholic Education Office - Diocese of Parramatta, authoring & implementing teaching programs and leading music learning across a system of 78 schools in Western Sydney. "I am on a learning journey to find and invent better ways to motivate students and teachers in music making."
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