Field Trip: From Havana to the Arabian Nights

Students and their families visited GBPAC on September 21st, 2019 to listen to Nachito Herrera and the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. The concert commenced with Florence Price’s “Concert Overture No. 1”. George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” contrasted well with the piano’s energetic and playful exchanges with the orchestra. The singing violin and harp passages from Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” enchanted the audience. Mr. Herrera’s encore was his virtuosic, original arrangement of “Malagueña” for piano and orchestra.

I felt proud to tell the children that all these exceptional musicians are from our very own community. These people live right here in the Cedar Valley, well, everyone except the fabulous piano soloist, Mr. Herrera, who traveled here from Cuba.

The families in our studio voted and selected this event to be one of our field trips. They made a great choice!