LIMA — Area school children will get the chance to hear and learn about symphony music at the “Rousing Rhythms” concert performed Wednesday by Lima Area Youth Orchestra.
“We’re going to be doing a lot of great pieces like portions of ‘The Firebird Suite’ by Stravinsky, ‘Prince of Thieves’ from ‘Robin Hood’, and the William Tell Overture by Rossini as well as ‘Romeo and Juliet Suite’ by Prokofiev and then also the ‘Farandole’ by Bizet. There’s a lot of good music in there and what they all have in common is they all have some very rousing rhythms, and so we’re going to talk about that and instruments in the orchestra and get the audience involved in the rhythms too. So it’s going to be a fun concert,” said Travis Juergens, director.
The children will be getting a taste of symphony music as well as a lesson of the different musical instruments.
“A lot of them may not have access to some of these instruments or see them or hear them perform a lot, so it’s a great opportunity for them to expand their horizons what they hear and what they see,” said Juergens. “I think it’s a fantastic way to introduce them to the instruments, and I know that concerts like this will often inspire them to play a specific instrument.”
And, if the children don’t play, they may develop a love of the of the symphony.
“I think that’s critical, because live music needs an audience and without an audience then what are we there for? Everyone needs to perform for people and people need to hear the music live because it’s so life changing to hear. Acoustic instruments, the sound as it reaches you, you get a lot of overtones in it. It affects you more if you hear it live as opposed to a recording. It’s very interesting how the effects of live music can be very uplifting, very healing,” said Juergens.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.