SYMPHONY BRINGS MAGIC OF MUSIC TO COUNTY SCHOOLS
The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, thanks in part to a grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, has been sharing the magic of music with children at a quartet of southern Albemarle County schools whose students have been largely underserved when it comes to arts enrichment. Throughout the past academic year, orchestra members have regularly traveled to Scottsville Elementary School, Yancey Elementary School (Esmont), Walton Middle School (Charlottesville) and Monticello High School (Charlottesville) to offer lectures-demonstrations, lead side-by-side lessons, assist at rehearsals, perform family concerts and host their highly popular Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, which allows students a hands-on musical experience in a fun and relaxed setting. “These interactive programs are a wonderful way to help kids discover music. For many of them, this has been a first-time musical adventure,” said Charlottesville Symphony Society Director of Youth Education and Project Coordinator Elizabeth Roberts. The project culminated in October when 5th graders from Scottsville came to Old Cabell Hall to see the full orchestra perform “A Musical Menagerie,” the 2015 edition of the Charlottesville Symphony’s free Youth Concerts.