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Niswonger Foundation Supports Eleventh Regional Young People’s Concert


More than 200 students from Northeast Tennessee elementary schools attended a performance of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, in Greeneville, on March 4.  Sponsored by the Niswonger Foundation, the primary goal of this annual program is to provide the opportunity for children to see a quality orchestral performance.  Each year, the concerts are specially designed as a teaching/learning experience.  The Niswonger Foundation supports the belief that developing an appreciation for the arts is an important aspect of becoming an educated person.

The 2014 program explored the development of music and the different periods of music history.  Using quiz show formats like “Jeopardy” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” the children were engaged in learning about composers, instruments, musical eras, and compositions from the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic and Contemporary periods.  The children explored the development of music including Bach’s “Branderburg Concerto No. 3,” Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” and Bernstein’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”  Curriculum materials, including CD’s and lesson plans, were provided to teachers in advance of the concert so students could be prepared for the concepts introduced during the live concert experience.

The special guest performers for this concert were the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers.  The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra was under the direction of Maestro James Fellenbaum.

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