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Children’s concerts boast UWindsor connection

A UWindsor music student and a recent grad are among the featured performers for a series of educational concerts by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

The 20 concerts will bring the full orchestra to churches, schools and concert halls throughout Windsor-Essex for programs aimed at elementary school students.

Bass-baritone Adam Iannetta, a third-year BMus student, will join choirs from Conseil scolaire de district des ecoles catholiques du Sud-Ouest for a folk medley featuring songs celebrating the history of Windsor and Essex County during “Canadian Music, Eh?” The concert is for grades 4 to 6 and will also feature a demonstration of First Nations drumming traditions and a composition by a student at Walkerville Collegiate Institute.

Saxophonist Marc Funkenhauser (BMus 2010) is a featured musician for “Wild & Wacky Woodwinds” for children from kindergarten to grade 3. It is part of a four-year cycle that centre on a different family of instruments each year. Students attending these performances will hear music that features a variety of woodwind instruments, including Sergei Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf.

Along with the performances, the orchestra has collaborated with the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Learning Through the Arts to develop an education guide with instructional material and activities tied to the Ontario curriculum. Learn more on the orchestra’s Web site.

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