On November 1, we shared the joys of classical music with the youngest and oldest music lovers in the Capital Region as hundreds of school children and seniors from around the region join the ESYO Youth Orchestra at Proctors for the annual Young People’s and Seniors’ Concerts.
The day began with a record-breaking crowd for the Young People’s Concert. This annual concert, hosted by special guest, WRGB Anchor Liz Bishop, taught hundreds of Capital Region elementary and middle school students about classical music through a fun, educational, and interactive program. Special guest DJ Gustav (played by Shaker High School Music Teacher Brian Austin) led the audience on an exploration of the wide range of emotion in classical music, from the joyous street celebration illustrated in Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, to the dizzying highs and lows featured in selections from Mahler’s First Symphony. DJ Gustav used own set of “building blocks” on stage to help the audience to “see” the structure of each musical selection and how this framework establishes a certain mood. As always, the program included an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. The yells of the happy kids nearly brought down the house!
The second half of the day was devoted to the Senior’s Concert. This free, annual event warmed the hearts of several hundred area seniors. The featured Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Mahler’s First Symphony.
We gathered some nice media coverage for the day. Watch us on WTEN here.
Many more photos can be found on Facebook here.