St. Louis Symphony Director of Education Berakiah Boone brought six Symphony string players to perform Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons for second graders at Dewey Elementary on Tuesday. Violinists Ann Fink, Xiaoxiao Qiang and Eva Kozma, violist Chris Tantillo, cellist Alvin McCall and bassist Dave DeRiso played for an exuberant audience. Do second graders get Vivaldi? They bobbed their heads to the beat, they danced in their seats to the rhythms, they recognized shifts in tempo and knew what “tempo” means. I barely got “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” when as was in second grade.
In the words of one student, when it was all over: “That was good!”
With St. Louis experiencing the forces of early winter this week, the Symphony welcomed a few thousand schoolchildren to learn how composers have used nature as inspiration: storms, rivers, the power of a sunrise, the power of the Earth itself, and the grandeur of outer space.
The students received a welcome via the big screen at Powell Hall.
These students enjoyed some good seats.
The orchestra was conducted by Joseph Young.
Will James got intense with a triangle.
A swan flows along the Moldau.
Angie Smart brings on the storm in Vivaldi’s Summer from The Four Seasons.
A volcano explodes to the sounds of Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance.
Thanks to the Saint Louis Science Center, John Williams’ Star Wars theme included fantastic images of our solar system, including a flyby of Saturn.
Lovely usher Rita Hoguet comes to the front of the stage to guide schoolchildren, teachers and chaperones to their buses.
How was the show? Multiple thumbs up!
Joseph Young is in the house! The conductor goes into the audience and gives high fives and says thank you to everybody.
Big kudos to Symphony Director of Education Berakiah Boone for helping to let the forces of nature be for everyone.
The first Family Concert of the season, Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo, was about a lot of things–animals, how music makes animal sounds, how animals make musical sounds–but it was largely about fun.
The Symphony partnered with the Saint Louis Zoo for this show, which–among many other things–brought a bee to meet children in the foyer.
Everyone had a bee-utiful time. Great big kudos go to Director of Education Berakiah Boone for making a whole lot happen and keeping it all fun.