The Herald Bulletin

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Local Education

April 22, 2014

Students to get introduction to symphony

Symphony for Kids has 'Pirates of Caribbean'

ANDERSON — Nearly 1,000 fifth- and sixth-grade Madison County students will be going to the Paramount Theatre today for the annual Symphony for Kids concert.

The free concert by professional musicians will introduce students to various styles and periods of music, Dana Stone, executive director of the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, said in a press release.

In the middle of the program, Stone said, there’s a piece with narration that teaches the kids various instrument, those sounds specific to each instrument, and the orchestra families.

The concert concludes with a contemporary piece, “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

One of the musicians, Brad Koser, said in the release, “The students have heard this song before and hearing it performed by a symphony really brings it to life.”

Stone said that studies have shown that introducing children to a symphony orchestra at a young age gives them a lifelong connection to music.

This program by the ASO, which is directed by Richard Sowers, has been offered for more than 20 years. The cost of today’s concert and rehearsals, about $8,000, has been supported through a grant from the Madison County Community Foundation.

Every student who attends today’s Symphony for Kids will receive a registration form to become a member of Symphony Kids Club. The new club is for children of all ages. The free membership grants kids special backstage access to certain concerts, a private dress rehearsal, discounts, and more, Stone said. “We hope it will keep them involved all year long.”

— For The Herald Bulletin

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