Inside the Orchestra for Homeschool Families
Inside the Orchestra for Schools is an interactive 50-minute program geared toward students in K-8th grade. The audience is seated on the floor and surrounded by professional musicians. This program features 14-16 professional musicians, a modern dancer from Hannah Kahn Dance, and an opera singer from Central City Opera. The conductor faces the students during the performance and teaching artist from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts engages them throughout the program, asking questions and teaching them about the music as it is playing around them. Students are treated to up-close-and-personal demos by the strings, woodwinds, horns and percussion. Scripting is designed to not only introduce musical concepts but to tie to the curriculum that children are studying in other subjects. Students are introduced to key elements of symphonic music such as transitions, orchestral “color”, and identifying the emotional quality of different types of music. In addition, one child is given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to conduct the orchestra. By doing so, the student and audience quickly learn the cause and effect between conductor and musician.
After the performance, there will be about 15 minutes for the kids to meet the musicians, see their instruments up close, and ask them questions.
When we visit schools, each classroom sits in the center of the orchestra with their teacher- this means that the vast majority of the audience is students from kindergarten through eighth grade. In order to maintain the integrity of the experience for your children, we encourage that you limit the number of adult chaperones that sit inside the performance cirlce with your students as much as possible (1 adult chaperone per group is ideal). Any additional adults or young children/babies with your group will be able to sit in chairs along the edge of the performance space.
Anyone who chooses to sit inside the circle, children and adults, will need to purchase a ticket.
A limited number of need-based scholarship tickets are available. For more information on scholarships or additional questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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