Fifth Graders Attend Strathmore Concert (Video)
More than 11,500 fifth grade students from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will experience classical music when the Music Center at Strathmore hosts the annual Strathmore Student Concerts Oct. 22-25. Students fill the 2,000-seat concert hall for seven concerts during October for this hallmark Strathmore education program. MCPS has partnered with Strathmore to present the concerts since 2004.
The concerts by the National Philharmonic, led by Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski, include music by composers Benjamin Britten (Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra) and Astor Piazzolla (Oblivion), as well as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, a thrilling finale that includes spectacular cannon fire effects and student participation.
With brief explanations of the works supported by images projected above the stage, the concerts reinforce musical concepts students are learning in school. Students learn about the musical selections prior to attending the Strathmore Student Concerts.
The fifth-grader student concerts represent a $124,000 investment in the community. Strathmore also hosts a similar program for second graders, bringing the total investment by Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc. and its sponsors, GEICO, Jordan Kitt’s Music and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, to $248,000.
Here is a MCPS Moment on the 2011 Strathmore Student Concerts.