ADVISORY: More than 11,000 Grade 2 Students Attending Strathmore Concerts

November 20, 2013
More than 10,000 second-grade students from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are experiencing classical music this week as the Music Center at Strathmore hosts the annual Strathmore Student Concerts. Students are filling the 2,000-seat concert hall in droves for seven concerts over four consecutive days (November 19-22) for this hallmark Strathmore education program. 

The concerts by the National Philharmonic, led by Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski, include music by a variety of composers. 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 second-grade students participate in the National Philharmonic’s performance of “The Berry Pickers Song” from Villa-Lobos’ The Little Train of Caipira

The second-grade student concerts represent a $124,000 investment in the community. Strathmore also held a similar program for fifth-grade students in October, 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 2 students, featuring the National Philharmonic 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 19 through Friday, November 22
- Remaining concerts are Thursday, 10:35 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., and Friday, 10:35 a.m. (students arrive 45 minutes prior to performance)

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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