Richmond County Orchestra (RCO) is celebrating Motown music with a Side-By-Side production with Curtis High School band members on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. RCO, in collaboration with Staten Island Rock Band Not From Concentrate will perform music by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Jackson 5 & More. An original piece by Curtis High School Big Band leader Ray Scro will have its world premiere of his original piece called “Django Improvisations” is based on a melody by John Lewis. Scro has a solo on Soprano Sax in the piece. Scro, a long time faculty member is retiring at the end of this year. Scro and RCO’s Maestro Alan Aurelia created the very first Side-By-Side production which is a residency program at Curtis High School that began in 2009.
The production is the culmination of the Richmond County Orchestra’s educational outreach program "Side-By-Side", a 10-week residency program that takes place at Curtis HS. It features RCO professional musicians who assist music students with free coaching sessions leading up to this production. RCO has a similar program with Stuyvesant HS in Manhattan. THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED, IN PART, BY PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY COUNCIL.