October 18, 2020

Video captures MSM student reactions to performing Mahler’s First Symphony outdoors

More than 40 Manhattan School of Music orchestral students came together for the first time this semester, in a socially-distanced reading of Mahler’s First Symphony.

On Saturday, September 12, MSM students gathered on the Ades Performance Space terrace for a reading of Mahler’s First Symphony, conducted by MSM alumnus Benjamin Grow (MM ’16).

“It’s been amazing. There’s something magical about being around musicians who have the same passion as you,” said cellist Zoe Lavoie-Gagne (BM ’24) during a break. “I’m really grateful to MSM for finding ways for us to play together.”

Video: Students share their experience of being part of the event

Violist and current MSM student Toby Winarto (BM ’19, MM ’21), a member of the MSM Symphony Orchestra, was part of this special event and recorded the thoughts and reactions of participating artists.

The remarkable result of Winarto’s work (below), a five-minute film that will live on as a testament to the artistry and determination of the MSM Community during challenging times, can be viewed here.

Also, please enjoy the slideshow of photos by MSM alumnus Ken Yanagisawa (MM ’20), following the video.

VIDEO by violist Tony Winarto (BM ’19, MM ’21)

SLIDE SHOW MSM Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal, photos by MSM Alumnus Ken Yanagisawa (MM '20)