Por su transcendencia social y educativa, El Sistema es uno de los más importantes proyectos culturales de nuestros tiempos. En su 40 aniversario, me uno a la celebración de sus logros e ideales sublimados por el trabajo constante y paciente de su fundador José Antonio Abreu. Me siento muy orgulloso de poder ser parte de ese gran sueño de proyección hacia el futuro. ¡Felicidades!
Because of its social and educational significance, El Sistema is one of the most important cultural projects of our time. On its 40th anniversary, I join the celebration of its achievements and ideals guided by the constant and patient work of its founder José Antonio Abreu. I feel very proud to be part of this great dream of growing better futures. Congratulations!
We had a chance to speak with Victoria Hain, percussionist for YPO. Be sure to check out YPO on February 19th in Jordan Hall! Here’s what she had to say:
What have been the challenges of this program and how have you grown as a musician from these challenges?
I think a unique challenge I’ve had to face as a percussionist is playing a range of dynamics on an instrument like crash cymbals. Soft crashes are always a struggle as a result of the weight and size of the crash cymbals.
What are you most looking forward to about this performance?
I am most looking forward to the Sibelius Violin Concerto because, out of the parts I have this cycle, I play the most in the Sibelius.
Pick your favorite piece on the program. What does that piece mean to you?
My favorite piece is John Harbison’s Remembering Gatsby. It is a different kind of music than our orchestra nominally plays which is exciting. It reminds me of the 1920s and the music from Toy Story, making the listening experience almost nostalgic.
Is there an experience with music that inspired you to be a musician?
When I was in fourth grade the high school band toured all the elementary schools and showed off all the instruments in an attempt get younger kids interested in music lessons. I was fascinated by the kid who was playing drum set and I really wanted to become a rock n’ roll drummer. Ironically enough, throughout my 9 years as a percussionist I’ve studied almost exclusively classical, seldom touching the drum set.
What is your favorite piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is Hoagy Carmichael’s Heart and Soul because pretty much everyone knows how to play it, so it’s always fun to goof around on various instruments and make music with friends.