With an understanding of the value the arts can bring to a school community, here at LAS we have built up an arts program and a wide range of opportunities to guide and nurture growing talent. One way to nurture this talent is by cultivating a community that enjoys learning and being inspired by professionals within different artistic fields. This is why the reestablishment of the Belle Époque Magique concert series was such a success last year, and why we are so excited to welcome a host of talented musicians to our community in the coming months!
Through Belle Époque Magique, we welcome local and global talent to perform in the beautiful Grande Salle at the Belle Époque and engage our community through workshops that allow a deeper insight into music. Belle Époque Magique allows us to step into the music in a truly unique way. By hosting these events, we aim to continue to uphold our commitment to deepening culture by furthering our mission of developing innovative, compassionate, and responsible citizens of the world.
Leysin American School will welcome five artists-in-residence for the 2023-2024 season this year. Each artist will give a performance and workshop in English and French that is open to the public, and three of our artists will also work closely with our LAS students during the school day. These workshops allow students to gain hands-on experience and engage deeper with the music.
This week, we welcomed our first Belle Époque Magique guests to the Grande Salle: Vasilisa Neliubina (violin) and Macha Hulin (piano). This duo played music from the Belle Époque era and wowed audiences with their unique sound and informative workshop. Audiences heard their extensive repertoire during the concert, from Saint-Saëns and Debussy to Kreisler and Tartini.
Experiential learning is at the heart of what we do at LAS, and for our students to get a hands-on tutorial from the expert musicians was a real treat! Experiential learning can be defined as “learning through reflection on doing,” and we saw this in action throughout the workshop. This form of learning enables our students to see the real-life applications of their studies and engage with their learning in a way that ignites their creative spark and curiosity!
The concert and workshop helped engage LAS students with the world of music and provided cultural enrichment to everyone in the Leysin community who attended. Hosting experts in different fields continually enhances our students’ learning and allows them to let their creativity flow and collaborate with others. Thank you to Vasilisa Neliubina and Macha Hulin for giving us hands-on experience and inspiring our community!
Click here to read more about the the Belle Époque Magique series and check out the full season of artists.