This morning, I attended one of the concerts at the Long Center for the Performing Arts with youngsters from 17 Austin elementary schools. Together, we listened to musical representations of bees, lions, elephants, fish, birds, swans, donkeys, and whales! The students were totally attentive and respectful, and I could tell that their music teachers had done a fantastic job of preparing them for the experience.
These concerts are among the most innovative programs around for introducing young people to classical music. Through the use of modern technology, the audience gets an “up-close look” at the orchestra. Four video cameras zoom in on the Maestro and the musicians as they are playing … images are projected on a giant screen behind the orchestra and VOILA … the audience can see what they hear and hear what they see! See it all in “Symph-O-Vision.”
We also enjoyed large projections of children's artwork depicting animals featured in the music, and the "Whales" finale was incredible! Thank you to the very, very talented Austin Symphony musicians and conductor David Mairs.
|I'm honored to serve on the Symphony Board with members such as Jane Sibley and Nancy Young|
Parents, if you have upper elementary children, be sure to ask them about their experience at these Young People's Concerts. This opportunity can spark your kids' interest in making music in middle and high school bands, orchestras, and ensembles — and maybe even as a future career!