By Mr. Manhar Dalal, Academic Vice Principal
Last week, on April 17­–18, RDF International School was honored to welcome students from the orchestra and chorus at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida, USA. In all,about 30 students and parents traveled to RDFIS for two packed days of rehearsals, sightseeing, and lovely meals with some of our RDF musicians. Our students were lucky to be able to learn under the teaching of Lake Highland’s outstanding Orchestra Director Mr. Michael Simpson, who has led some of the finest youth orchestras in Florida. RDF 10th grader Mike Li said, “Mr. Simpson changed my part during rehearsal, and made me really think about playing something different. It reminded me of playing in a Symphony when I lived in America.” Fellow RDF student Jean-Claude Laverlot added, “It was a great new experience playing with a professional conductor. He taught me how to be more professional in my playing and practicing.”
上周，4月17日至18日，瑞得福国际学校荣幸地迎来了来自美国佛罗里达州奥兰多Lake Highland预科学校的管弦乐队和合唱团。 总共有大约30名师生和家长来到RDFIS进行了两天的交流，参观和体验美食。 我们的学生很幸运，能够在Lake Highland的杰出管弦乐团指挥Michael Simpson先生的指导下学习，他曾指导过佛罗里达州一些优秀的青年管弦乐队。 RDF十年级学生Mike Li说：“Simpson先生在排练期间变换了我在乐队中的角色，激发了我的热情去体验不同的东西。这让我想起了，当我在美国生活时，在交响乐团中演奏的时光。”RDF学生Jean-Claude Laverlot补充道，“这是一次与专业指挥一起演奏的全新体验。 他告诉我如何在演奏和练习中表现得更专业。”
Thursday afternoon, our guests were joined by 16 RDF musicians for a wonderful concert featuring pieces from a diverse background such as Telemann and Van Morrison. The performance space was filled to capacity with students, teachers, and parents. Eleventh grade student Tim Li said, “My friends said the concert was the best activity at RDF this year!” RDF students participating included the full Beginning Brass Band class, taught by Mrs. Melissa Leuschel, as well as other talented RDF musicians. The full list of participants is Emily Anderson, Linda Anderson, Benjamin Anderson, Vincent HongyangZhao, Marco Yihuan Luo, Lisa Xiangning Li, Grant Jialin Liu, Maggie Fangrui Wang,Jack Shancheng Huang, Jean-Claude Laverlot, Mike Guangchong Li, Tim Haotian Li,Ellin Chenzilu Wang, Adam Peiran Yuan, Alan Gaoming Zhang, and Sylar Wenjie Zhang.
星期四下午，我们的客人与16位RDF小音乐家一起共同演出了一场精彩的音乐会，演出了来自Telemann和Van Morrison等多元化的作品。 学生，教师和家长坐满了整个表演大堂。 十一年级的学生Tim Li说：“我的朋友说这场音乐会是RDF今年最好的活动！”参与的RDF学生不仅来自MelissaLeuschel指导的初级铜管乐队课程，还有不少其他才华横溢的RDF音乐家。完整的参与学生名单如下：Emily Anderson, Linda Anderson, Benjamin Anderson, 赵泓洋, 罗乙桓, 李香凝, 刘佳霖, 王芳蕊, 黄山城, Jean-Claude Laverlot, 李广翀, 李浩天,王陈子璐，袁沛然, 张高明, 张文杰.
While it may seem like a random connection for a school from Florida to visit RDF, in fact it is a story almost 20 years in the making. Mr. Dalal, Academic Vice Principal and math teacher was a student of Mr. Simpson as a 6th and 7th grader. Over the years, their friendship has grown, and last summer they had dinner together and began planning a joint performance in China. Through hours of planning and hard work, last week was the realization of their vision for a musical and cultural exchange between China and America, and the results could not have been better.
By Emily Anderson, Grade 11
On April 17, 2019, a group of students from Lake Highland Preparatory School in Florida joined RDF students to form acombined orchestra. During two days, students worked together to create beautiful music. The work culminated in a musical performance on April 18 that was attended by many students, teachers, and parents. Orchestra students performed the following pieces.
· Telemann Sinfonia
· Artemis Rising
· The Ash Grove
Everyone also enjoyed four vocal pieces presented by a choral group from Lake Highland. Mr. Michael Simpson, conductor of the orchestra, expressed his sincere gratitude many times throughout the afternoon concert. “It is truly an honor to perform with the students of RDF International School,” he said.
所有人都沉浸于由Highland Lake合唱团演奏的四首声乐作品中。管弦乐队指挥Michael Simpson先生在下午的音乐会上多次表示了衷心的感谢。 “与RDF国际学校的学生一起表演真的很荣幸，”他说。
RDF students connected with the students from Florida during rehearsals and at dinner on both nights of the collaboration. On one night, students and parents enjoyed a presentation led by Mary Su, leader of the Chinese Culture Club. Another highlight was Leon Zhan’s performance on the Chinese zither.
Students who participated in the orchestra enjoyed a farewell dinner on April 18 at a local restaurant. RDF student Emily Anderson said, “We had a great time making music with our new friends! We are so grateful to everyone who made this experience possible.”
参加管弦乐队的学生于4月18日在当地的一家餐馆享用告别晚宴。RDFIS学生Emily Anderson说：“我们和新朋友一起创作音乐的过程真是太棒了！ 我们非常感谢让这次体验成为可能的每一个人。”