Five years ago, cellist Kaede Ishidate, a senior at Wachusett Regional High School in Massachusetts, “joined the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, which has allowed her to perform in the Boston Symphony Hall and throughout the city,” writes Rachel Ettlinger in Wednesday’s (7/11) Landmark (Holden, Mass.). “Most recently, the group ventured across the pond to Leipzig, Germany…. During the 10-day trip, the orchestra performed with the youth choir of the Gewandhaus… ‘We had this cultural exchange and we got to stay with German host families,’ Ishidate said. ‘Along with the music part, we also got to see what it was like to experience life in Germany.’ … Over the summer she is participating in [Carnegie Hall’s] three-week National Youth Orchestra 2 program at the State University of New York, Purchase campus. Since her early musical beginning, Ishidate’s passion for the instrument and for music in general has continued to grow… ‘I’ve always been really shy since I was little,’ Ishidate said. ‘I think playing the cello and doing music and getting to play music with a bunch of other people has really helped me come out of my shell and connect with a lot of people that I probably wouldn’t have met.’ ”

Posted July 12, 2018