Norwalk Symphony Woodwind Quintet visits Jefferson Magnet and Fox Run Schools
“No matter how fast the duck ran, the wolf kept getting nearer…..nearer….nearer….. until he caught her and in one gulp SWALLOWED her” --- an audible gasp came from the children seated on the floor in front of the woodwind quintet. The performers were from the Norwalk Symphony and they were telling the story of Peter and the Wolf to the children at Jefferson Magnet School.
On March 10, the full symphony will present Peter and the Wolf with James Naughton narrating. The woodwind quintet’s visit on Wednesday to Jefferson Magnet and then, later in the day, to Fox Run Elementary School was a designed to introduce the children to the story, the instruments and the Symphony. Additionally, the children have been asked to do “reactive artwork”, drawings that reflect their experiences in the program. These works will be collected and hung in the foyer of the Concert Hall on the day of the concert. The best one will be used as the front cover of the concert program and on the poster and postcard.
NSO Music Director Jonathan Yates’ vision for the Norwalk Symphony is for the orchestra to be “meaningfully integrated into the lives of the communities we serve” and Wednesday’s visits to the schools took a step toward bringing that vision to fruition.
The visit to the schools, funded in part by the New Canaan Community Foundation, was only one of several community links which the March 10 concert is forging. The concert will be a “Side-By-Side” with the Norwalk Youth Symphony. Members of the Principal Orchestra will be joining the professionals on the stage for a performance of Rossini’s William Tell Overture, and some of the NYS winds will play the roles of the characters in Peter and the Wolf. Additionally, the youngest orchestra of the NYS, the Prelude orchestra, will present a piece of their own during the concert. These youngsters will demonstrate the joy of music making at a young age and, in an effort to support parents in their desire to get lessons for their kids, several agencies that offer “scholarship lessons” will have information available in the foyer of the concert hall.
On February 10, (postponed because of Winter Storm Nemo), the NSO is holding its first ever concerto competition and the winner will perform a movement of their concerto with the orchestra at the March 10 concert.
Yet another link to the community has been forged with the Norwalk Library. After many years of the library hosting the NSO’s (Not) Just For Kids program, the relationship is being expanded. On Wednesday, March 6, the library will host Jonathan Yates along with some of the students from the NYS in a lecture/demonstration about Peter and the Wolf from 5:30 – 6:30 in the children’s library. The library is also going to display some of the artwork from the children from the two schools visited on Wednesday.
The concert on March 10 will be at 3:00 PM in the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue. Tickets range from $5 for children under 18 to $20-$40 for adults. They can be ordered on-line at www.norwalksymphony.org or by calling 203.956.6771. The Media sponsor for the concert is Fairfield Parent Magazine.