Concerts in Schools

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, Symphony NH has expanded its “Concerts in the Schools” program in response to teachers’ desire to inspire young students to want to participate in band when they enter fourth grade.  We’ve therefore combined the chamber music performances that had been part of our “Concerts in the Schools” program with a reconfigured version of our Nashua Youth (h)EARS program, now geared toward third graders.  To learn more about this new effort, please visit our (h)EARS info page.

Here are some examples of past iterations of our “Concerts in the Schools” program, supported for many years by King’s Daughters Benevolent Association:

In 2013…

Northwinds Quintet visited the elementary schools with a special arrangement of Prokofiev’s beloved Peter & the Wolf for wind quintet.  Using vivid characterizations to introduce the instruments, Prokofiev’s music is the perfect way to inspire young students’ interest in music.

In 2011…

Students were treated to the tale of Till Eulenspiegel, based on Strauss’ tone poem and arranged by Franz Hasenöhrl as a frolic for 5 instruments. This celebrated music recounts the adventures of the medieval “merry prankster” Till Eulenspiegel. Students were delighted by this lighthearted fairy tale of rebellion while learning a little about music appreciation.

In 2010…

SNH Principal Trumpet Richard Watson led a brass quintet. The program began with the musicians talking about music, encouraging the children to participate by asking questions, discussing their particular instruments followed by a musical performance. The expressions on the children’s faces as they participated and volunteered information on their own musical experiences brought home how effective the “Concerts in the Schools” program continues to be.


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