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2018-19 Highlight: the Nikhil Badlani Foundation Annual Musical Celebration

Monday, July 1, 2019 by Jessica Valiente | Uncategorized

Despite my new position with Youth Orchestras of Essex County, I was able to continue my position as a teaching artist with the Nikhil Badlani Foundation.  The Nikhil Badlani Foundation is a memorial foundation that advocates for traffic safety, and provides subsidized group music lessons for students at in West Orange Public Schools.  This year, my three West Orange High School flute students performed trio arrangements of one of Bach's 3 part inventions (the first one), the "Pastoral" from Handel's Messiah, and "Danse des petits cygnes" from Swan Lake.  We added that little something extra by inviting three ballet students from New Jersey Ballet's intensive program in their ballet school to danse the role of the three Little Swans.  It was an extra special success!