Students to learn history of orchestras at live events

Tara Simoncic will conduct the symphony for second and third graders.

Tara Simoncic will conduct the symphony for second and third graders.

Youngsters in second and third grades in Greenwich public and independent schools will get an earful on Jan. 14 when the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will perform as part of its Young People’s Concert series.

The program, created for young listeners by Tara Simoncic, associate conductor of the orchestra, will show how the present-day orchestra has evolved.

Orchestras were not always the large groups seen on-stage today. In fact, they started out as very small ensembles. As more instruments were invented, and as composers developed new styles, orchestras grew to large ensembles using brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, as well as instruments like the saxophone, harp and piano.

In the Jan. 14 concert, the Greenwich Symphony will take the students through the evolution of the orchestra, starting from the Baroque Period to and through the 20th Century. They will literally “Watch the Orchestra Grow” through this performance. Featured excerpts will include Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No 6; Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite; Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole; and Bernstein’s West Side Story.

The Young People’s Concerts are designed to introduce students in Greenwich schools to the symphony orchestra and the music of the great masters. Age-appropriate study materials for the works to be performed are provided to school music teachers for use in their classroom preparation for the concert. The concerts are given, free of charge, during the school day to students in grades two through seven.

In case of snow, the concert will be postponed to Jan. 16. Performances will take place at 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. at the Greenwich High School auditorium.

There is limited seating for parents and members of the public at the concerts. For more information, call the Greenwich Symphony office at 203-869-2664.

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