Every September, residents of Stamford’s Waterside neighborhood come together to celebrate the diversity and strength of the community. Students from PROJECT MUSIC’s El Sistema Academy have been featured entertainment for the past two years, with performances by the Bucket Band in 2015 and the Rhapsody Ensemble in 2016.
This year, the festival took place during our first week of programming for the season. It was a mad dash to prepare a concert, since our students had not rehearsed together since June. Luckily, the skills we developed during the school year and summer camp held firm. A handful of our more advanced students entering their second and third years put together a program including Shubert’s “March Militaire” and the improvisatory crowd favorite “One Baltimore.”