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, chaired by Ms. Irene E. Parisi and Dr. Sandra Rogers Heikel. 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.
A Musical Celebration (grades 4-5)
October 26, 2018
A celebration is not complete without music, and these composers wrote some of the most famous musical celebrations in history. During this concert, celebrate a wedding with Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” and participate in the age-old tradition of clapping along to Johann Strauss, Sr.’s “Radetzky March.” Float down the river with Handel’s Water Music and celebrate the beauty of Finland with Sibelius’s powerful piece, Finlandia. Sing along as the orchestra performs Beethoven’s mighty “Ode to Joy” and Copland’s “Simple Gifts.”
Celebrate Strings! (grades 6-7)
January 16, 2019
For the first time in YPC history we will perform music written specifically for string orchestra. Come hear the beautiful melodies in the string serenades by Tchaikovsky and Dvořák. Experience Copland’s famous “Hoe Down” as the string players transform themselves into fiddle players. Watch as two amazing violin soloists perform the beautiful and brilliant Concerto for Two Violins by Bach. Your eyes and ears will be captivated by the wonderful and versatile music performed by the Greenwich Symphony strings.
Peter and the Wolf (grades 2-3)
April 9, 2019
Composer Sergei Prokofiev tells the story of Peter and the Wolf through the magic of music and narration. Listen as the instruments of the orchestra become characters of the story. The strings play the naïve and youthful theme of Peter, the flute transforms itself into the fluttering bird, the oboe becomes the waddling duck, the stealthy and crafty cat is represented in the clarinet, the low voice of the grandfather is heard in the bassoon, and the timpani become the hunter’s rifles. They all join forces with Peter to defeat the wolf, played by the horns, in this enchanted, musical tale.