The Hudson High School Sinfonietta and Chamber Orchestras, under the direction of Roberto Iriarte, recently traveled to Chicago. During their four-day trip to the Windy City, Hudson student musicians furthered their music education by performing for an international audience at the Field Museum of Natural History. They also experienced the unique opportunity to participate in a clinic with VanderCook College of Music faculty and to attend a performance of Blue Man Group and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s famed “Symphony No. 9 in D Minor.”
“Music travel has long been regarded as a powerful educational tool for musicians to interact and share music with similar musicians in different cities,” said Iriarte.
The students also visited the Bean, the Shedd Aquarium, the 360 Chicago Observation Deck for a bird’s-eye view of the skyline, and many other landmarks, and they sampled the city’s famed deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hotdogs.
Iriate said Northeast Ohio’s strong history of supporting music education was evidenced by the local individuals and businesses who helped reduce the cost of the trip to students and their families. ∞