The Music School of Delaware will send its top 30 violin, viola and cello Suzuki Academy students to perform onstage at Carnegie Hall in New York City at 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 3.
The sold-out performance is part of a collaboration with the Suzuki Music School of Westport, Connecticut, whose director Andrew Smith, took part in the Music School’s Suzuki Day program in Wilmington on March 19. The Music School of Delaware’s Suzuki Academy is this region’s premier Suzuki program with an enrollment of over 100 student. The Suzuki Academy has partnered with Westport in a prior performance at Lincoln Center.
Students performing are violists Nicolette Sullivan, Caleb Cavazos, Jenna McGeoch, Caroline Ho, Kate Bunitsky, Sophia Malatesta, Maya Taylor and Justine Sullivan; violinists Saakshi Navile, Colette Cavazos, Charlie Chian, Chiku Bhatt, Caleb Reed, Anjana Menon, Ian Gaadt, Sarah Paulish, Sophie Odia, Grace Aitken, Vibha Janakiraman, David Opong, Perryn Chang, Noah Fake, Grace Opong, Ryanna Rajesh, Anagha Kapsi; and cellists Annette Wei and Aila McCaskill.
Violinist Anagha Kapsi, a 10-year-old student at Kathryn D. Markley Elementary School in Malvern, PA, says the performance is both a great privilege and great experience. “It’s like a dream come true to play on the stage where so many great musicians have performed!” she exclaims. “I’m really thankful to be one of the Suzuki Academy members selected to perform.”
Violist Caroline Ho, a 13-year-old student at P.S. duPont Middle School in Wilmington, is happy to be part of the connection with Westport. “I’m most looking forward to playing in a bigger ensemble [with Westport] and hearing all of the parts mixed together,” she says. “And, of course, I’m honored for the chance to play at Carnegie Hall.”
Violinist Vibha Janakiraman, a 10-year-old student at Chadds Ford Elementary School in Chadds Ford, PA, is both excited and nervous to play at such a prestigious venue: “Being onstage at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall along with my friends.it‘s such a great honor.” She is also thrilled to play the movement, Spring, from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. “It’s my favorite piece,” she says. “Not only because Vivaldi is my favorite composer, but also because I love the way he describes [the season] so beautifully through the music.”
The Music School of Delaware’s President and CEO, Kate M. Ransom said: “We continue to seek special opportunities for our exemplary students to be showcased at important venues, including in New York, and even overseas. We are pleased to be partnering with the outstanding Suzuki Music School of Westport and to have our own Suzuki Academy represented at the Carnegie Hall concert.”
Suzuki Department Head Shelley Beard noted: “This collaboration is a wonderful chance for our students to perform on one of the most prestigious stages in the world. We’re grateful to Westport for their continued partnership.”