Have you ever just happened to wander in on something so beautiful you found yourself stuck in a trance as you tried to take it all in? That’s what happened to Me this summer at Artscape as I wandered around tent to tent, building to building soaking in all the creativity that flowed. I somehow ended up in one of the Mica ( an arts colleges) buildings and saw a lot of people milling about on a lower level.
My friend and I followed the flow of people and walked into a concert that was already in progress. The sight shocked Me, the music coming from the stage was so sharp, and beautiful but I was not ready for the musicians, they were all children. The oldest looked about 14 maybe. These children were playing music with the talent of well trained adults who had studied the craft for years.
OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand their relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. (From the website)
This group of talented youth have even been recognized by the First Lady, Michelle Obama who presented them with an award for excellence on Thanksgiving 2013. I was so lucky to happen upon them performing and was quick to whip out My camera. I captured four videos and uploaded them to youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe_NSxP-NWTFCoSQDLyphvg
For more info on the Orchkids check out their website at http://www.bsomusic.org/education-community/young-musicians/orchkids.aspx