170 students from two branches of the Basis School converged on the Leo Rich Theater for a concert by the illustrious Juilliard String Quartet. They heard two late Beethoven String Quartets.
Here are some observations from the kids. One marveled at the synchronization of the musicians, another at the emotional range of the music.
From a 7th-grader in the band:
“The Juilliard String Quartet sounded really virtually perfect, almost like a recording. I was amazed how synchronized the musicians were through the changes of tempo, rhythm, crescendos and de crescendos. It must take enormous amount of practice and playing together to do this without a conductor.”
From a 6th-grader:
“All of the songs [sic] had very different moods. One would have a very joyful mood then it would go to a worry mood. Also it will be depressing and then be peaceful.”