On Feb. 20: ‘Young People’ to get a lesson in international dance music

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Local middle school students will experience a concert designed specifically for young listeners next month when the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra presents the second concert of its season of Young People’s Concerts on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Students in Greenwich public and independent schools in grades six and seven will attend the concert which will be created by Tara Simoncic, associate conductor of the orchestra. The theme for the concert is The Dancing Orchestra and the music will highlight different dance styles from different countries including excerpts from compositions of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Bizet, Borodin, Strauss, and a South American tango.

Twelve string players from the Greenwich Middle Schools, chosen by auditions, will also join the orchestra for this performance.

The Young People’s Concerts are designed to introduce Greenwich school children to the symphony orchestra and the music of the great masters. They are given, free of charge, during the school day to students in grades two through seven. This year, approximately 6,000 students will attend. The series is made possible through contributions from parent-teacher associations, the Board of Education, corporations, foundations, orchestra fund-raising events and individual contributions.

Performances will take place at 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:45 p.m. at Greenwich High School auditorium on Feb. 20. There is limited seating for parents and members of the public at the concerts. The snow day for the concert is Feb. 21.

For more information, call the symphony office at 203-869-2664.

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