Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

String Fever

So we watched a couple of fun clips of those English guys playing the electric instruments. Here is a link to both. It stinks that they are on YouTube and we can't see them at school, but you can watch them elsewhere.

Bolero is the one where they are all playing the same cello.

Here's Bolero

History Of Music

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Bach - Cello Suite No.6 i-Prelude

Here is another of the videos that we watched during the first few days of class. If this appeals to you, you may want to play the cello.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Violin Video

This is one of the videos that we watched on the first few days of class to demonstrate the instruments. If this sound interests you, you may want to try the violin. The performer is the famous Itzhak Perlman. He is playing a piece by Bach which was written for unaccompanied violin.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mather Orchestra News 2009

Here's some news from the year

Orchestra Activites/ Accomplishments 2008-2009

The Mather Orcehstra received a 500 dollar grant for the Target Foundation and a 3500 dollar grant from the READwELL organization at Northeastern University to host a Musical Residency at Mather. We collaborated with musicans from the 5th House Ensemble, a professional chamber orchestra. The Fifth House Members visited Mather ten times and worked with the kids on the subject of ethnic music styles. The students researched different ethnic music styles and composed their own pieces. The project culminated in a joint performance between the professional and student musicians.

The Mather Orchestra was selected to participate in the MusiCorps Program sponsored by the Civic Orcehstra of Chicago. We were visited twice by chamber music groups from Civic, who provided the orchestra and band classes with a lecture/demonstration/performance.

Students from the Mather Orchestra were selected, for the fourth year in a row, to participate in the SEED program sponsored by the Chicago Sinfionetta. The Sinfonietta provided two professional musicians who visited Mather four times to coach a string quintet. They also provided private lessons for two Mather students. On May 3rd, the quartet will perform with other CPS chamber groups at Symphony Center in Chicago

The Mather Orchestra competed in the Chicago Public Schools Band and Orchestra Contest on Saturday April 18th. The orchestra was awarded an "excellent" rating.

On Friday April 24th, members of the Mather Intermediate and Advanced Orcehstras will participate in a service learning project in collaboration with Clinton Elementary. Mather students will visit Clinton to mentor and tutor the Clinton musicians.

Members of the Mather Band and Orchesta participated in the 2009 Musical; "Life is a Cabaret"

Last fall, the Mather Orchestra was visited by Dr. David Eccles. Dr. Eccles, a noted string and orchestra pedagogue and professor at VanderCook college of Music, conducted the orchestra in rehearsal and met with interested students to discuss furthering their study in college.

The Mather Band, Orchestra, and guitar classes were pleased to receive a donation from The Gift of Carl foundation. The foundation donated several instruments to Mather including: violins, guitars, bells and flutes.

In Februaury, Mr. Smith attended a two day workshop in chicago presented by The Little Kids Rock organization. The organization then donated 24 new classical guitars to Mather to support its guitar program.

This year we have several students pursuing ouside music opportunities including studying at the Merit School of Music and participation in the Northside Youth Symphony, All-City Symphony and the All-City Jazz Band.

Mather Chamber Group Plays Brandenburg

D scale backing track for beginning orchestra

Mather Orchestra CPS Orchestra Contest 2012

CPS Band and Orchestra Contest 2012

Romanza Rumba

Mather Orchestra at Solo and Ensemble Contest

Pictures from 2012 Solo and Ensemble Contest

Winter 2012 Pics

Mr. Berg's Guitars

Mather Band 2012 Winter Concert

Mather Quintet 2011

Winter Concert 2011

Mather Trio Performs at Symphony Center

Same piece at the Spring Concert

Send an email to Mr. Smith

Check out the Mather Trio and the Advanced Orchestra in the Spring Concert 2010

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Here's the beginning orchestra from the Spring Concert

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New Videos from the Mather Guitars

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Watch all of the clips from our Winter Concert


MatherMusic YouTube channel

Pics from 2010

Check out Mather Quintet playing at Orchestra Hall

Pictures from 2008

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