Music Memory competition, says Shreveport Symphony Music Director Michael Butterman. Yes; that's identify, spell and punctuate the music. It is a national program.
Third, fourth and fifth grade students compete first with one another in their own schools and then with other schools in the final round of Music Memory. The contest takes place at Caddo Magnet High School's Performing Arts Center on Tues, Ap 24, at 7:30 pm.
“We’re excited because the kids are excited” exclaims Butterman. “This process really teaches them how to listen — to hear and appreciate the details of what makes a piece work. By the time of the concert, the young people have internalized this music and know it backward and forward!”
Music selected for this season’s Music Memory listening:
Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King
Bernstein's The Dance at the Gym from West Side Story
Bizet's Toreador Song from the opera Carmen;
Bock's If I Were a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof
Vivaldi's Gloria in Excelsis from his Gloria
Mozart's Minuet and Trio from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
DeBussy's Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun
Ellington's It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Stravinsky's Finale from The Firebird Suite
Rossini's William Tell Overture.
Schools participating: Apollo Elementary, Benton Elementary, Benton Middle School, Bossier Elementary, Curtis Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, Plantation Park Elementary, Platt Elementary, Princeton Elementary, Stockwell Place Elementary and Sun City Elementary. Also, Arthur Circle Elementary, Fairfield Elementary, North Highlands, Shreve Island Elementary, South Highlands Elementary and Jack P. Timmons Elementary.
In the final round of competition, the Shreveport Symphony will perform live selections of the competition music. While the student scores are being tabulated, the Orchestra will perform a mini concert providing a brief tour of musical style periods.
- 7:30 P.M., Tue, Ap 17
- Caddo Magnet High School, 1601 Viking Dr., Shreveport
- Free admission.
You'll pardon me if I call for advance applause for the teachers, students, parents and schools participating. A salute is also due the SSO's Peter Haas, who has championed the program.
Apologies to readers for my having the date wrong initially. I wrote Ap 24; it is, in fact, Ap 17.