Russian string ensemble performs at Brackenridge HS

Famed orchestra plays for language arts, music students

SAN ANTONIO - Hundreds of high school students who have never heard a live classical chamber orchestra got a chance to experience one of the most famed ensembles to ever grace a stage when the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin played at Brackenridge High School Auditorium Monday morning. 

The 17-piece string ensemble is on a Texas tour and only will stop at one other school in the state. 

The San Antonio Chamber Music Society, which has been in existence for 70 years, made the arrangements for Misha Rachlevsky’s ensemble to make two stops in the city.

Society president Dr. Kenneth Bloom says the free concert is a very important part of their mission. 

“I think music is such an integral part of overall education to be able to expand one's senses to appreciate all the things apart from music,” he said, explaining why the free concert was made available to Brackenridge.

The students in the audience ranged in age, but all have studied music or language arts. 

Music junior Jimmy Ray Moya was moved by the music and awed by the musicians flawless technique. 

"I heard them practice and they were practicing Stravinsky and that's, like, really hard and to use that as a warm-up, that's really amazing," Moya said.

Language Arts student Amanda Fermin is studying Russian, and found the cultural and emotional connection the music made with the students was remarkable. 

“It's kind of unfortunate that now everybody -- not just at this school, but in modern America -- is so dependent on our technology and so few have the opportunity to hear live music like this and I wish the entire school could hear it,” she said.

The Orchestra has played in Corpus Christi and at Temple Beth El on Sunday night. 

At the Temple Beth El concert, the chamber orchestra was joined by pianist James Dick, considered one of the most important pianists of his generation. 

The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will continue its tour for about a month, then return to its home base in Moscow. 

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