On March 30th, over 4,000 students from 42 schools attended wcfsymphony’s annual Youth Concerts. Students thrilled to the magic of orchestra with enchanted selections from the film score to Harry Potter and traditional favorites like Grieg’s Peer Gynt. The concerts also featured a new work commissioned for the occasion, The Conjuring Wand by Iowa composer Paul Alan Price-Brenner. Three students representing different elementary schools joined the orchestra onstage at each concert, using the skills they learned from Jason’s visits to their classrooms to conduct the ensemble!
The concert also featured a spotlight performance by soloist Hannah Duncan. Hannah, an 11th grade violinist from Belle Plaine, was the winner of the annual wcfsymphony Young Artist Concerto Competition in January. She dazzled Youth Concert audiences with selections from Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen. Hannah is also the only high school student currently holding a position in wcfsymphony.
Our Youth Concerts are aimed at opening artistic doors for students while contributing to strong foundations in general education. They are also designed to get kids excited about music and the arts; based on their feedback we are succeeding!
All I got were rave reviews from students and teachers who were at your Youth Concerts last week. Our 80 Vinton 4th graders were impressed that Jason came and spent 20 minutes with them while they ate lunch in the lobby … AND they got autographs! It was an impressive and memorable trip. Thanks so much for providing this opportunity for students!
Many thanks to our Upbeat volunteers who provided concert-day lunch for our musicians and worked with educators to make the Youth Concerts possible. Thanks also to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa and the Guernsey Foundation for underwriting this transformative event.