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Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Offers Master Class  For Springfield Youth Musicians; Nine Springfield Schools Will Participate

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra offers Master Class for Springfield Youth Musicians; Nine Springfield schools will participate

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) will host a master class from the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Wednesday, December 13, from 4:30 to 6 pm. Kennith R. Kimery, Program Director and Musician from the National Museum of American History, along with musicians from the Orchestra will lead the class for 100 students from nine area schools as part of the Smithsonian Week in Springfield celebration.

Community Music School’s Sonido Musica Partnership program with the Springfield Public schools began five years ago and today provides weekly intensive music instruction in band and orchestral instruments for over 1,000 young people in seventeen elementary, middle, and high schools in Springfield.

Eileen McCaffery, executive director of CMSS, said, “Hosting Kennith Kimery and his jazz orchestra for this masterclass is such a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet and work with professional musicians of the highest caliber. We are all so fortunate to have the Smithsonian Week in Springfield and are grateful for our partnership with the Springfield Museums.”

Smithsonian Week in Springfield is a benefit of the Springfield Museums’ Smithsonian Affiliation, funded by the MassMutual Foundation. As a Smithsonian Affiliate partner, the Springfield Museums is able to bring exhibitions and programing from the nation’s capital to the people of Springfield and the Western Massachusetts region.

“We are truly honored and excited to continue our Smithsonian affiliation,” said Museums President Kay Simpson. “This is such an incredible opportunity to offer unique experiences for our visitors and—especially in the case of this master class—the children of Springfield. We deeply appreciate the support provided by the MassMutual Foundation in facilitating this partnership.”

Currently, Jeweled Objects of Desire is on view as our first collaboration with the Smithsonian as a Smithsonian Affiliate. On December 8th, Jack & Jackie: The Kennedys in the White House will become the second exhibit as part of this program.