Halifax, NS – On the heels of six school performances last fall, Symphony Nova Scotia takes its in-school concert program to four schools throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality this spring.
Conducted by Nova Scotia-based composer, arranger, and music clinician Gary Ewer, these engaging concerts take Symphony Nova Scotia’s full orchestra to local schools, introducing young audiences to musical instruments, classical music, and the orchestra in an upbeat, interactive way.
Each in-school concert provides students with a unique educational experience. This year’s 40-minute program is based on two themes: “Where does the sound come from?” for younger students, and “How instruments changed over the centuries” for secondary schools. Gary Ewer’s extensive conducting background, witty approach, and broad experience in music education make these presentations exceptional and fun learning experiences for all ages.
The concerts feature Beethoven’s much-loved Ode to Joy, the bright and energetic Overture to Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and the always-popular William Tell Overture (also known as the Lone Ranger Theme), as well as works from Handel and Ravel. The program also showcases individual members of the orchestra, who talk about and demonstrate their instruments and how they work.
“Our audiences of the future are as critical as the musicians who will grow into the symphony players of tomorrow,” says Symphony Nova Scotia Music Director Bernhard Gueller. “Reaching out to these young people, showing them how uplifting good music is, is one of Symphony Nova Scotia’s most worthwhile tasks. It’s more than our responsibility – it’s our joy.”
The orchestra performs on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10 am at Kingswood Elementary in Hammonds Plains; Wednesday, April 23 at 9:45 am at Seaside Elementary and 12:45 pm at Tallahassee Community School, both in Eastern Passage; and Thursday, April 24 at 10 am at Sackville High School.
In-school concerts are just part of Symphony Nova Scotia’s comprehensive music education initiatives, along with open rehearsals, school matinees, the Adopt-a-Musician program, the Musical Munchkins program, the Pop Goes the Easel! program, and the Library Series. These programs allow the orchestra to share the love of musical learning with over 15,000 young audience members each year.
About Symphony Nova ScotiaSymphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love – from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is one of the most broadcast orchestras in the country, with over 20 commercial releases and multiple East Coast Music Awards. Visit www.symphonynovascotia.ca to learn more, listen online, or get tickets today!