Next Tuesday, a Boston Public Quartet “Bach for Boston” concert will bring a renowned oboist to Dorchester to play in a program with local youngsters.
On Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Jones Hill, violinist Betsy Hinkle, founder of Boston Public Quartet (BPQ) and MusiConnects, the string program at BPS Chittick Elementary School in Mattapan, and her quartet will perform with renowned oboist, Peggy Pearson, in a program of Bach. The concert is free.
This “Bach for Boston” program includes the “Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major” by J.S. Bach, performed by the BPQ with guest musicians including Dan Sedgwick, harpsichord; “Concerto for Oboe and Violin” by J.S. Bach, featuring Peggy Pearson, oboe, Betsy Hinkle violin, the BPQ and guest musicians; and the spiritual “Deep River” performed by MusiConnects Chittick students with the BPQ. The performance will be held in the acoustically resonant sanctuary of the 19th century church.
Betsy Hinkle, who received a masters in violin performance from the New England Conservatory, pioneered a new model for music education and performance for youth by creating an independent string program offered directly to BPS students in and after school time. Now known as MusiConnects, the program has grown at the Chittick Elementary in Mattapan, providing free music education through chamber music to 36 students. They boast a 90 percent retention rate with a long waiting list.
“I think the children of Boston should be able to study music in their schools, hear the best performances in their neighborhoods and of course, have an opportunity to perform it there too,” Hinkle explains. “MusiConnects offers an in-depth long term experience in music education – and in a form – chamber music – where the students can discover their unique resources in a disciplined – and fun –process that demands cooperation and communication. There is no conductor in Chamber Music, the musicians have to bring their best, and work together to perform well. The benefits of this teaches them life skills that they can bring to the school work and all their endeavors after they graduate.”
Refreshments after the concert will be offered by the Dorchester Arts Collaborative. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Rev. Cathy George, rector) is at 14 Cushing Avenue, Dorchester, 617-282-3181. On street parking, or parking in the lot behind the bank. For directions visit stmarysdorchester.org.