Internationally acclaimed music educator Paul Rissmann will direct the week, joining forces with MSO’s Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey to take audiences of all ages on a journey into the heart of the Orchestra.
The week will kick off with a big, bold and fun concert that showcases the sheer power of a large-scale orchestra performing some of the greatest musical giants – John Adams, Leonard Bernstein and John Williams to name a few. An Adventurer’s Guide to the Orchestra will feature the Star Wars theme and excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and is the perfect experience for anyone interested in classical music.
Children aged 0-5 will have the chance to play with MSO musicians during Jams for Juniors: Carnival of the Animals, as children aged 3-7 are taken on a wacky adventure during Classic Kids: Crazy Creatures, with school aged children able to meet a host of audacious characters during Meet the Orchestra: Bamboozled.
The MSO will also present Symphony in a Day, a side-by-side initiative that provides community musicians with the opportunity to perform alongside their MSO counterpart, conducted by Benjamin Northey.
Since its inauguration in 2011, MSO Education Week has hosted over 50,000 children, teachers and adults.
This year as part of MSO Education Week, more than 950 students and teachers from low socio-economic schools will attend concerts on sponsored excursion packages.