PlayTogether Go is a brand new multimedia program committed to supporting the cultural diversity and vitality of our community, feat young musicians, underrepresented local composers and a fun “musical scavenger hunt” for the whole family.
In January, the Wayland School of Music/PTG commissioned six local professional composers from underrepresented groups to write new music for student ensembles. The young musicians will now give the world premiere of this music written especially for them, with the six composers present to hear them.
Students also invented game characters, creating digital “playing cards” combining their artwork with recorded music excerpts. These will feature in a community-wide outdoor “musical scavenger hunt” inspired by the Pokemon Go game, prior to the performance.
The game and the show are free, family and open to all.
Date: Sunday May 22n/a Weather: 2:30-4:30 p.m. (check-in 2:00-2:30 p.m.) Location: The W Gallery, 57 Andrew Ave., Downtown Wayland.
More information: PlayTogether Go is a brand new, unique multimedia program dedicated to equity and accessibility in the arts, and is the creation of Wayland School of Music Multimedia Specialist Allison Dobbs. Earlier this year, the Wayland School of Music commissioned six professional composers from traditionally underrepresented bands to write music for student ensembles:
36 local music students aged 7 to adults, in ten ensembles, received professional coaching to learn their music, met the composer of their piece for an informal discussion about the composer’s life, inspiration and influences, and will present in world premiere this new music written especially for them.
Example of rehearsal and visit of the composer, group 3 (video):
Composer Carmen Marulanda shares the rhythms and instruments of her native Colombia:
The students perform his commissioned composition (excerpt): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07ED6BGrN0k&feature=youtu.be
The students also invented game characters, create original artwork that has been coded into digital “playing cards” combining art and recorded excerpts of music, for an inspired community-wide outdoor “music scavenger hunt” of Pokemon Go game.
For the last community event on May 22n/a, QR codes (try the one above) containing links to musical characters and clues will be placed at businesses in the downtown Wayland development. Starting at 2:30 p.m., families will collect development QR codes to open character cards, then use the clues and check-in snippets to match them to sets.
At 3:30 p.m., the students will give the world premiere of these new pieces which were written for them, in the presence of the composers, at the W Gallery (headquarters of Wayland Arts), 57 Andrew Avenue, WTC. Families can find out if they have correctly matched game pieces to sets.
At 4:30 p.m. there will be a raffle with prizes donated by local merchants and businesses. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to support future programs (including scholarships) through Wayland School of Music’s new Access Equity Fund.
The Wayland School of Music is thrilled to welcome this new program! PlayTogether Go brings wonderful new music to our communityencourages students and the community to become aware who writes music and why they write itand highlights the cultural diversity and vitality of the local music scene. We are proud to partner with these wonderful local composers and bring their music to you, and excited to have you participating in this fun community game for the whole family!
We are very grateful to our event sponsors: MA Cultural Council/Wayland Cultural Council, Middlesex Savings Bank, Harmoney Bookkeeping Company and Nicolette Mascari/Compass Real Estate; and donors including Giacomo’s Restaurant, Btone Fitness, Forever Slender Medspa, Johnson Strings Instruments and others.
About Wayland School of Music
Founded in 1997 by Wayland resident Principal Penny Wayne-Shapiro, former Principal Violinist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wayland School of Music has long been renowned in the community for its musical excellence, warm welcome to all students and his contribution to the community. . WSM instructors must be successful professional musicians and experienced teachers (minimum 10 years old). The school offers private lessons, group lessons (including fee-based lessons through Wayland Recreation), and community performances, and is committed to contributing to the cultural vitality and diversity of the Metrowest region.
For more information on Wayland School of Music, please visit https://waylandmusic.com/about-us
For more information on PlayTogether Go specifically, including links to our 2022 composer biographies, please visit https://waylandmusic.com/programs/playtogether-go