Vivaldi at Dewey

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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!”

Berakiah Boone with members of the St. Louis Symphony strings at Dewey Elementary.
Berakiah Boone (center) with members of the St. Louis Symphony strings at Dewey Elementary.