BSO will make 'Carnival of Animals'come alive for Halstead, Pleasant Plains first-graders [Loch Raven]

First-grade students at Halstead Academy and Pleasant Plains Elementary schools are eagerly awaiting a field trip to the Meyerhoff in February where they will see a performance of "Carnival of Animals."

Their excitement might be intensified by reports of the kindergartners from both schools who attended a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performance of "The Snowman" December. The students were able to imagine a winter wonderland come to life in this story about a young boy's magical friendship with a snowman. This special concert, a Baltimore Symphony STEM and Arts Integration concert enabled the elementary students to learn about the environmental impact of temperature changes as well as hear and experience a symphony orchestra. The Huether-McClelland Foundation fully funded the children's field trip.

In the following week, students received a visit at their home school from the BSO On The Go Program that provided them the opportunity to meet a BSO violinist and to learn more about the orchestra. The kindergarten students were excited to realize that their visitor, Ellen Troyer, first violinist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was actually 6 years old when she began playing the violin — the exact age of many of the kindergartners.

She explained how the violin was constructed and played a variety of music for the kids. The students were able to act out stories while she played various selections.

First-graders will enjoy music to help them imagine carnival animal including lions, fish, a dancing turtle and a beautiful swan on their Meyerhoff trip, which also is funded by the Huether-McClelland Foundation. On a different day, Christopher Williams. the BSO's principal percussionist, will visit the students at school allowing them to have an up close look at his instruments.

Chances are good that first-graders will be as excited as their kindergarten peers. Students in Lisa Edell's (Pleasant Plains) class commented, " We loved the performance of 'The Snowman' as the snowman came alive!" " We liked learning that the strings of the violin were made from a horse's tail."

The choirs of Calvert Hall College High School will perform at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8501 Loch Raven Boulevard, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. A free-will offering will be taken. On March 2, also at 4 p.m., the Chorus of the Chesapeake will perform at the church.

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