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Island Suzuki students perform at Benaroya Hall

By RICHARD D. OXLEY
Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer
March 7, 2013 · Updated 4:01 PM
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Lauren Whitty, Catert Hall and Zora Opalka practice for their performance at Benaroya Hall on March 9. / Richard D. Oxley / Bainbridge Island Review

Bainbridge will send some of its best and brightest and most musical to perform in Seattle this weekend.

Island students of the Suzuki method will perform at the 2013 Suzuki Celebration Concert at Benaroya Hall. The concert will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9 in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall and will host nearly 85 students from the region and feature performances with piano and violin.

Performers are not tested or preselected, rather it is all part of the Suzuki method.

The Suzuki method was originally devised by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki over 50 years ago. His musical philosophy treats music like language, therefore, students learn to play instruments in a similar manner as they would learn to speak.

"It's a partnership with teacher, parents and students, versus just the student and teacher," said Fatima Wallin, whose daughter Isabella is a Suzuki student.

Students will often learn a fundamental knowledge of their instrument and how to play it before they learn to read music.

Recitals are also a common part of the process.

"Throughout the year students have recitals," Wallin said. "They are happening all the time as a matter of practice. Students are constantly performing in front of other students."

The final factor of the method is the involvement with parents who are often a part of class and help with their children's instruction. It all adds up to creating the ideal environment for music education.

The performance at Benaroya Hall is quite a different, however, and more grand of an experience.

Tickets for the concert are $15 and are available through the Benaroya Hall box office.


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