Toshi Shimada with children & teachers at our last Young Peoples Concert.
Children with chaperones & teachers in the audience at the
Young Peoples Concert.
ECSO Young People’s Concerts at the GardeArtsCenter feature the full orchestra conducted by Music Director Toshi Shimada. This program funded by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and Charter Oak Federal Credit Union gives youngsters the chance to experience the wonder of live symphonic music. Study guides are sent in advance to the teachers. Thousands of children from schools including New London, Norwich, Waterford, Groton, East Lyme, Montville, parochial and home schools have attended.
Programs For Elementary and Middle Schools.
All programs are approximately 45 minutes in length.
For a quote, call 860 443-2876 or email our Executive Director at . I. Jazz Alive Performers present a history of jazz and a celebration of Mardi Gras. Audience participation
includes a Mardi Gras Parade and creation of an original blues based on students' ideas.
Instruments featured include clarinet, trumpet, banjo, drums, tuba, saxophone, piano and
II. Island Rhythm Explore the music of the Caribbean from its origins in Africa to its influence on today's popular
music. Instruments include African Djembe, Steel Drums, Congas and a variety of exotic instruments. Engaging story telling and sign language are combined with audience participation in sing-alongs. Students are selected to play in an island rhythm band and join in a Limbo Parade.
III. Cajun Gumbo Musicians present interactive program of music from the bayou country of Louisiana. Students will learn songs and catch phrases in Cajun patois while performing traditional hand motions and call & response. They will witness an in-depth demonstration of the accordion and the Cajun rub-board. Highlights include a feature performance by students on the Cajun rub-board and a "Call and Response" lead by a student performer.
IV. Roots of Rock & Roll Let's Rock Around the Clock as "Roots of Rock & Roll" takes your students back to the Brith of Rock & Roll and a salute to the 1950's. The kids will jive to the music of Chuck Berry, The Coasters, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley & His Comets while looking at life in a changing America. Student interaction is used to bring this exciting period of history to life in your school. Instruments featured in the program include bass, drums, keyboard, guitar, saxophone & lots of fun vocals!
V. Connecticut Brass New England's finest professional brass ensemble explores the history of brass instruments from animal horns to contemporary orchestral instruments. The group presents a program of light classics, jazz and flashy solo features. Members perform on tuba, trumpet, French horn, cornet, piccolo trumpet, trombone, flugel horn and euphonium. Highlights include construction of a "hose-horn" utilizing household items and a performance of a Mozart Horn Concerto with hands-on assistance from an audience member.