ADVISORY: Thousands of Grade 5 Students to Attend Strathmore Student Concerts

October 21, 2013
More than 11,500 fifth grade students from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will experience classical music when the Music Center at Strathmore hosts the annual Strathmore Student Concerts on October 22-25, 2013. Students fill the 2,000-seat concert hall in droves for seven concerts over four consecutive days for this hallmark Strathmore education program.

The concerts by the National Philharmonic, led by Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski, include music by composers Benjamin Britten (Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra) and Astor Piazzolla (Oblivion), as well as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, a thrilling finale that includes spectacular cannon fire effects and student participation.

With brief explanations of the works supported by images projected above the stage, the concerts reinforce musical concepts students are learning in school. Students learn about the musical selections prior to attending the Strathmore Student Concerts.

The fifth-grader student concerts represent a $124,000 investment in the community. Strathmore also hosts a similar program for second grade students, bringing the total investment by Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc. and its sponsors, GEICO, Jordan Kitt’s Music and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, to $248,000.

WHAT: Strathmore Student Concerts for MCPS Grade 5 Students, featuring the National Philharmonic  

WHEN: Tuesday, October 22 through Thursday, October 24, 10:35 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; Friday, October 25, 10:35 a.m.  (Students arrive 45 minutes prior to each concert)

WHERE: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852

- Strathmore: Mike Fila, (301) 581-5194,
- Montgomery County Public Schools: Dana Tofig, (301) 279-3853,
- National Philharmonic: Deborah Birnbaum, (301) 493-9283 x 118,

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