In addition to AAFSW members and guests, the audience included music students and teachers from DC’s Woodrow Wilson High School. Below are some of their reactions to the program:
Keith Wright, DMA: As the String Orchestra Director at Woodrow Wilson high school, I appreciate the opportunity to have music students experience the world-class level performances as seen at the November 24th program. The students were immensely inspired by the quality programming. I thank you again for such a gracious and immensely rewarding opportunity.
Fernie D.: I really loved District 5. The first piece was my favorite and it was interesting to see how the music for a woodwind quintet changed over the years.
Grace S.: It was interesting to listen to the variety of repertoire, from classical to much more contemporary music that District 5 played. The violinist, Rafael Javadov, was incredibly talented. I loved watching everyone dance to his music.
Rosalie S.: When the audience members got up and started dancing, the feeling of an audience separated from the performer by a stage dissolved into everyone gathered together, bonded by the music.
Taylor W.: The November 24th U.S. State Department performance was cool because there was so much going on with just a few instruments.
Angel M.: Seeing how advanced the musicians were made me think of how I feel about music and I should be more serious so that I will become as good as they were on my instrument.
Kyra H.: I enjoyed the variety of musical styles shown at the performance; both performances seemed to hold the audience with their takes on music from different time periods.
Samuel C.: The conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez’s lecture was interesting, and broadened my view of classical music programming. Violinist Rafael Javadov played with expertise and shared his music with incredible talent.