Resa's Pieces Update | March 2015 Whole Note
Some years after the concert band was formed and doing well, Kochberg decided to branch out and start a group where beginning string players could find a place to develop their skills. Thus Resa’s Pieces Strings was born.
The full article is on page 31 of the March 2015 Whole Note, available online.
Resa's Our Urban Hero! | November 2014
“We give back to the community by doing performances in North York and by bringing people back to music,” said Kochberg, adding she felt humbled and appreciated for being recognized for the community work that she’s done over the last 16 years.
Read more here.
Resa's Pieces Strings Plays Terraces | January 2014
On Sunday, January 26, 2014, Resa's Pieces Strings played a wonderful hour concert for the residents of Baycrest Terrace & The Joseph E. and Minnie Wagman Centre.
To see the write up in the January's Entertainment at a Glance bulletin see:
SNAP North York | June 2013
Resa's Pieces Concert Band celebrated their 14th annual Gala concert at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on June 11, 2013. Get a taste of the evening at:
"The band is called Resa's Pieces after its founder and conductor..."
Alisa Siegel's documentary on Resa's Pieces was broadcast June 6, 2010 on CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition. The magic of radio did wonders for our little band. Thank you Alisa and the CBC for featuring our band to reawaken the music in all of us.
- The Sunday Edition: Watch My Stick, PLEASE! (Rebroadcast on "And the winner is..." on December 25, 2012)
- If you're having trouble with the CBC's audio stream, use the following link to listen to the original documentary.
Remarks from CBC Listeners Coast to Coast...
Just finished hearing your broadcast and I have tears running down my cheeks. What a moving portrait of your work that CBC doc is! Done with respect, affection and enthusiasm, just as all your "Pieces" demonstrate: mutual respect, affection and enthusiasm. I can't tell you how proud we both are of you. You are doing really, really important work! —CM
Journey on! Godspeed, and have a great time doing what obviously brings you so much joy.
What a valuable and joyful situation you have created.
Baycrest Monthly | January 6, 2014 Edition
Resa's Pieces Strings shared a wonderful hour of music with the residents which was enjoyed by all.
North York Mirror | October 6, 2011
Resa’s Pieces band hits the right notes
"Although the average musician in Resa’s Pieces Concert Band is 50-something and juggling career, family and other demands, all they have to do is step inside a North York high school for weekly rehearsals to be instantly transported back to the giggling and chatty days of their youth... "
To read the complete article see The Mirror.
Feedback from Mirror article:
From: Tyler Greenleaf <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 11:21:07 -0400
Subject: Insidetoronto article
Dear Mrs. Kochberg,
I just saw your article in insidetoronto! How inspiring! Congratulations the growth of Resa’s Pieces and for bringing music back into people’s lives. It is really nice to hear alumni of the Faculty of Music doing such great things in the community. Music and performing are powerful. Another Faculty of Music graduate is doing something somewhat similar in Manhattan (see: https://www.musicgiveslife.com/)
Good luck with your upcoming concerts. I’ll put a link to the article on our facebook alumni page today. I’m sure other graduates will be excited to learn what you are doing in North York.
Take care and all the best,
Faculty of Music
University of Toronto
Wholenote Blog by Jack MacQuarrie | June 16, 2011
New Bands and performance by Jack MacQuarrie
Have you ever thought about learning to play a musical instrument but never got around to it because you were too busy with work or family activities? It’s never too late. If you are retired or pondering about what you will do when retired, taking up a musical instrument might just be the entry into a new phase of your life. You may have taken piano lessons and enjoy playing to entertain yourself, but that can be a solitary pastime. Playing in an ensemble could open up a new social dimension to your life as well.
Last fall Wholenote reported on the formation of two new community ensembles for beginners, or those reconnecting after many years away from music. Now, less than nine months later, both of these groups have developed to the stage where they are presenting inaugural concerts this spring.
Most recent medical research indicates that one of the keys to a healthy and fulfilling life in retirement is to keep active. In particular, it is crucial to keep the brain challenged. What better way to do that than to learn to play a musical instrument in a non-threatening situation with a group of like minded individuals who soon become part of a new social circle. For both of the groups mentioned the socializing and sharing of treats during the break in rehearsals has become an important component of their transformations into the world of performance. Visit one or both of these concerts and see what you might do with music in under a year.
... Resa’s Pieces Strings, organized by Resa Kochberg and directed by Ric Georgi. Their “Gala Debut Performance” will take place Sunday, June 5 at 7:30 pm at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge Street. As the name implies, this is an all string orchestra. If trumpet or saxophone are not your thing, then perhaps a cello or viola might be more to your liking. For information go to www.resaspieces.org