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Herricks Cellists Perform New Music at Lincoln Center

Herricks Cellists Perform New Music at Lincoln Center

On May 3, the Herricks High School Cello Quartet performed the premiere of a piece commissioned specifically for them at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The Cello Quartet is comprised of ninth-graders Dara Bao, Justin Koe, Kyle Pinzon and Justin Yang.

The performance was the culminating achievement of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society's "Young Musicians Program" Competition. The students applied with audition recordings in January and advanced to the regional semi-final, which was held at the Tilles Center back in February. As winners of this round, they had 3 coaching sessions with Chamber Music Society roster artists. The Cello Quartet was one of only 11 ensembles chosen to perform in the final performance at Lincoln Center. The other student ensembles hailed from places such as South Korea, Ohio, and other Tri-State area school districts. 

The Cello Quartet’s performance was unique in that it featured a commissioned piece written specifically for the group by a young, up-and-coming composer, Bryan Wysocki. They were the only ensemble to play new music, which was a difficult and extraordinary feat. High School Orchestra teacher Catherine Fish stated, "These students tackled a piece that most students of music performance at the Graduate level would find incredibly difficult, if not impossible! While they had some initial misgivings when I first presented them with the piece, they grew not only to like it and perform it well, but to truly inhabit it and make it their own. We have something very rare and beautiful here in these students- I cannot wait to see what they accomplish in the next few years!"


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Photos Courtesy of Herricks Public Schools
Photo 1: The cello quartet in dress rehearsal on the Avery Fisher stage.

Photo 2: The entire 9th grade orchestra class came to support the quartet at the performance.
Photo 3: The quartet with Ms. Fish and composer Bryan Wysocki.