Nelson Strings Inaugural Concert

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On Thursday evening, May 19th, dozens of Nelson residents (and a few flat-landers) assembled in the Hoffman Auditorium at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. The occasion was the premier performance of the Nelson Strings, a collaborative project between the Nelson School and Apple Hill. This was the brainchild of Val Van Meier, and the result of  many hours of planning and the generous support of community members, and notably Nelson School Principal Sheila Vara, and Apple Hill Director Lenny Matczynski.  This first years Nelson Strings ensemble are Elizabeth Hull, Sarah Hull,  Tae’lar Forcier, Fallon Smith, and Molly Gray.

Nelson Strings

Under the inspired tutelage of Apple Hill violinist Sarah Kim, these girls have worked hard all year long, using a teaching method developed by Mark O’Connor. The method uses different types of traditional American music to introduce young players to the violin.

To honor the occasion, the Apple Hill String Quartet opened with an arrangement of a waltz, Amelia, written by Bob McQuillen, a noted piano player for contra dances, and composer of over 1,400 dance melodies. The Nelson Strings then presented their program, in which they demonstrated not only that they had learned to play well, but had developed the poise and discipline necessary for public performance. After they received a standing ovation and extensive applause, the evening was rounded out with some Scottish / Cape Breton  fiddle tunes played by Harvey Tolman, accompanied by Gordon Peery on the piano.

No where else in the world can one find the mix of a rural community that has a strong heritage of traditional music and dance, and a world class chamber ensemble. How wonderful that our children can be nurtured by this combined legacy. Congratulations all around.

Nelson Strings Concert



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