Sharing the Love of Music

April 7th, 2013 in Blog with NO COMMENTS

Students from Community Music Center of Boston rehearse with students from the Afghanistan Chamber Wind Ensemble.

On Thursday, February 14th, a select group of students from Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) had the unique opportunity to perform with youth musicians from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM).  The young musicians from Afghanistan embarked on a tour that stretched from Washington D.C., to New York and finally to Boston for a 3-day residency visit at New England Conservatory. So how did CMCB get involved? Former CMCB Faculty member, Derek Beckvold,  left CMCB last summer and started teaching  saxophone and flute at the ANIM in August.  He contacted CMCB’s Artistic Director, Will Fickes, about the opportunity for students from across the world to share their love of music in a collaborative concert.   Fickes immediately recognized the unique opportunity for both organizations and in just a few short weeks prepared nine CMCB students to perform traditional Afghani music with students from the Afghanistan Chamber Wind Ensemble.

In an interview with the Boston Globe, Beckvold was asked why “a 26-year-old conservatory trained musician from Boxford [would] want to relocate to a war-torn country.” Beckvold responded simply, stating that “he wanted to be a part of history.”  He continues “The modern history of Afghanistan is really compelling to me…And before all the fighting there was such a rich, deep culture with art and music. As that reemerges, I wanted to be a part of it.”

Joining the ANIM in this collaborative concert were 9 CMCB students:  Rosy Chen (flute), Xingye Wang (oboe), Rebecca Rohrlick (clarinet), Minh Trink (bassoon), Eddie Wang (tenor saxophone), Paul Baronas, (alto saxophone), Paul Mikulskis (French horn), Daniel Cushing (trumpet) and Ashwin Devavaram (trombone).   The group performed traditional Afghani tunes along with pieces by Chopin and others.

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