“PROJECT Trio” to Perform with McCarthy Middle School Band On January 12!
The acclaimed professional ensemble PROJECT Trio will be performing alongside the McCarthy Middle School Band Program for their winter concert in January. This event is a unique collaboration between the public school band program and the Trio, and the first of its kind here in Chelmsford.
Band Directors Allison Lacasse and Sean Wright have been collaborating with PROJECT Trio since the two began working together in the McCarthy Band Program in 2013. In June 2014, the Trio visited McCarthy and gave a series of interactive workshops focusing on creativity, improvisation, beat-boxing, and playing from the heart. The entire grade 5-8 student body participated in these workshops, and for one day, everyone at the school was a musician.
Years later, the Trio wanted to continue their partnership with the school by collaborating on a performance. The McCarthy Band students have been working on arrangements for young wind ensembles written by PROJECT Trio since September. The grade 5-8 bands will each perform a piece with the Trio standing in front of the group, similar to a concerto-style set-up that one would see at a classical music concert. The group will be regularly rehearsing with the bands in the first days of 2017 via Skype to prepare for the performance.
An excerpt from their bio states,“PROJECT Trio is a passionate, high energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY. Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages. Bursting onto the scene with their landmark videos, right out of the internet generation, PROJECT Trio is a musical experience defining a new level of entertainment! PROJECT Trio is a musical experience not to be missed. Gramophone Magazine recently singled out the group as ‘an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between,’ while The Wall Street Journal hailed the Trio for their ‘wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing.’ The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo ‘the best in the world at what he does.’”
“We are excited to host such a high quality ensemble here in Chelmsford,” stated Lacasse. “We are especially thrilled to introduce the children to PROJECT Trio in such an intimate way, and to have the parents experience it at the same time is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Lacasse and Wright hope that this concert attracts members of the Chelmsford community who might not have ties to the students in the band, as this will be an exciting cultural performance to observe.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chelmsford Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The McCarthy PTO and donors of the McCarthy Band Program also were crucial in providing funding for this concert.
The concert will be taking place on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Carl J. Rondina Performing Arts Center at Chelmsford High School, 200 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, MA, 01863.
For more details, please visit www.cpsbands.com or email the directors at Lacassea@chelmsford.k12.ma.us and Wrights@chelmsford.k12.ma.us.