StringJam Makes Carnegie Hall Debut

Frigid temperatures and an afternoon snowstorm did little to detract an appreciative audience from coming out on the night of Monday, February 3, when StringJam, D-E’s elite Upper School student strings ensemble, made their debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The concert took place in the recently renovated and acoustically exceptional Weill Recital Hall. Head of School Dr. De Jarnett summed up the sentiments of all when he noted in his welcome remarks that “StringJam represents some of the very best of what Dwight-Englewood School is about. All of us here tonight and everyone in our D-E community could not be more proud.”

The program featured both solo performances and ensemble pieces. Student soloists included Ilan Trencher ’14 on cello (performing Suite No. 1 in G Major for solo cello – Minuet 1 and 2, BWV 1007 -Johann Sebastian Bach); Irene (Simeng) Wu ‘15, on violin (performing Partita No 3 in E Major for solo violin, Loure – BWV 1006 – Johann Sebastian Bach); and cellist Garrett Finn ‘14, who performed his original Cello Concerto 1 – Irish Fantasy.

Another highlight of the evening was the performance of Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041by alumna and acclaimed professional violinist Harumi Rhodes ’97. StringJam also performed Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Opus 3, No. 11 and Aurora Borealis, an original composition by D-E Performing Arts faculty member and cellist Diego Garcia.

Please enjoy this following performance of Aurora Borealis in D-E’s own Schenck Auditorium, taped this Spring.

StringJam Director Annaliesa Place commented: “Having the chance for StringJam to perform at Carnegie Hall is truly a dream come true. When this ensemble was founded in 2008, we could only imagine someday performing in this magical space. I am bursting with pride and excitement to have seen the students come so far!”

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