We have been proud each fall to present A Musical Adventure, an educational concert for elementary and middle school students in field-trip groups; these concerts are ideal for students in grades 3-6. Our performances capture the imaginations of our young audience members, all while teaching them about the sound of each instrument in the orchestra and how players make music together.
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, we will once again perform this concert in Oak Brook on October 26, with performances at 9:30 am and 10:45 am. This year's concert will be presented in the spectacular new auditorium at Christ Church in Oak Brook, offering stadium-style audience seating that will give students great lines of sight to watch the musicians.
We will perform music written by two groundbreaking composers: Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944; upper photo) of France and Florence Price (1887-1953, lower photo) of the United States. The concert includes demonstrations of each instrument family in the orchestra, Chaminade's complete Callirhoe Suite, and the lively Juba Dance and Finale movements of Price's Symphony No. 1.
Comments received from the past concerts:
"My students loved it. Maestro Lipari is so engaging. Wonderful concert. They LOVED it and were engaged from beginning to end!"
"Wow! What a wonderful performance! My 5th grade band students just returned from the performance and were in awe of the wonderful sound of the orchestra. The director had a marvelous rapport with the kids. What a great opportunity for the students to hear excellent live music!"
"The concert yesterday was beautiful. I always enjoy it so much and the choice of music is so perfect for kids. The kids really liked it, too. The way Peter talked to them about active listening really helped them pay attention and notice the instrumentation!"
"Superior interaction on the part of the conductor. Our 4th grade team looks forward to your concert each year."
"Selections were perfect, conductor was entertaining, length was appropriate for age level, price is reasonable and location convenient."
"Wonderful concert! Kids are still talking about it! Thank you so much!"
"This is always a positive experience for the students and a great first orchestra concert!"
"The conductor was really entertaining! He captured the students' attention and motivated them to listen by actively engaging them in the whole experience."
"What beautiful music! Students and staff both enjoyed the performance."
"The interaction with the symphony members and my students were outstanding. Everyone was very friendly and open to them."