In a unique program of cultural/artistic enrichment, the GSO, under the direction of Associate Conductor Tara Simoncic, presents professional orchestra concerts, free of charge, during school hours, for all children attending grades two through seven in 23 public and private schools in Greenwich. Music teachers prepare students for knowledgeable listening with CD recordings and creative classroom assignments that are prepared by the GSO’s Young People’s Concert Committee, Dr. Sandra Rogers Heikel and Laura White Newell. The series received the Connecticut Alliance for Arts Education’s 2001 Award for “Outstanding Community Arts Program.” The three triple-performance concerts are funded by the GSO, with contributions from the Greenwich Board of Education, Greenwich Private Schools, friends, foundations, corporations, and proceeds from the GSO Board’s annual benefit events.
Meet the Soloists! (grades 4-5)
November 7, 2019
Have you ever heard an accordion solo with orchestra? Have you ever heard a French horn solo? This concert will feature an entire program dedicated to soloists! Young people will hear a very special guest artist perform solos as well as a duet with the Greenwich Symphony. There will be a quick-paced Mozart Horn Concerto, the cool sounds of the Concerto for Vibraphone and Clarinet, and our principal cellist will play a beautiful Rondo by Dvořák. Special guest Nathan Koci will show off his skills on the accordion with the piece Ratatatatouille for accordion and orchestra. And last but not least, our concertmaster will perform the fiery and passionate Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saëns.
A Night at the Opera (grades 6-7)
January 7, 2020
Drama, intrigue, and fun! The Greenwich Symphony invites special guest singers to perform some of opera’s most well loved arias and overtures. Students will learn about the role that the orchestra plays in opera to bring out the funniest and most dramatic moments with the singers. This program includes the Overture to The Barber of Seville and the beautiful Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana. By popular demand, this year the GSO will perform several selections from Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the first time.
The Baroque Orchestra (grades 2-3)
April 7, 2020
The Greenwich Symphony will explore the beautiful Baroque period. Before Mozart and Beethoven, before Tchaikovsky and Copland, we had Baroque composers. Learn about the musical technique, style, size of the orchestra, and instrumentation that started it all. The program includes Pachelbel’s “Canon,” music by Handel and Bach a performance of selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.