Auburn Symphony Orchestra’s
Fun with the Classics
Educational Assemblies for Students

Auburn Symphony musicians are committed to expanding their love for music by bringing area schools fun, interactive assemblies designed to introduce young audiences to the world of classical music. These assemblies are extremely accessible and will work with your budget as well as your school format. Whether you’re a PTA representative looking for an assembly for the entire school or a music teacher wanting one-on-one classroom time with students and musicians, we have tailored our programs to fit your schedules, budgets, and classroom needs. All assemblies feature a narrator and encourage student interaction through imagination, dance, familiar songs, poetry, and storytelling. The programs typically run 45 minutes in length but can be formatted to fit your school needs.

String Quartet Programs - $400 to $600

The Four Seasons – Classical Style

Antonio Vivaldi (1687-1741) was nicknamed the “Red Priest” probably because of his red hair. Vivaldi was a Venetian priest and Baroque music composer, as well as a virtuoso violinist. The Four Seasons, a series of four violin concertos, is his best known work and represents the classical style of music. This program is appropriate for all ages and students will be introduced to the sounds of this famous Baroque piece, poetry related to each of the seasons, and the composer’s life and influences.

The Seasons – Romantic Style

Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) composed The Seasons which consists of 12 short pieces portraying subjects and activities typical of the 12 months of the year. Students will be introduced to the music along with related poetry to the 12 pieces such as January: At the Fireside; August: Harvest; October: Autumn Song; and December: Christmas. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Seasons – Classical and Romantic Style

This program features a combination of The Four Seasons and The Seasons and narration will focus on the lives and influences of both Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky.

Happy Birthday to You

Modern German composer Peter Heidrich (1935-) had fun writing variations of “Happy Birthday” in a “what if Mozart wrote Happy Birthday” way or “what if Beethoven wrote Happy Birthday”. Students will delighted as they listen to variations in different styles on the theme from this world famous song.

New and Old

A program of music featuring works like Henry Mancini’s Baby Elephant Walk, Lalo Schifrin’s Mission Impossible whose work is similar to Mancini’s but with lots more attitude, as well as traditional classical works from composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Villains and Sweethearts

A five movement work based on characters from favorite children’s stories. This program features music by composer Daniel Kelly. Kelly recently performed the music of classical Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s The Frog Bride – a coming of age story.

The Silly Side of Classical Music

This program features works by classical music masters such as Mozart and Beethoven followed by works that use familiar classical themes in a humorous way. Pieces include Mozart’s famous Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and its hilarious spoof Eine Kleine Lachtmusik as well as A Skeleton in the Closet. Other works portrayed in a humorous light include Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and the 40th Symphony by Mozart. This program is appropriate for middle and high school students.

Fun Styles of the 20th Century

This program features waltzes by Strauss, rags by Joplin, and tangos by Piazzola. Listeners will learn about each style and then experience it through music. This program is designed for middle and high school students.

Duet Programs featuring Violin and Cello - $200 to $300

The Lighter Side of Classical Music

This program is great for acquiring an understanding of contrasting styles in music between traditional classical music with music that includes modern rhythm and styles. Some of the classical composers featured are Bach and Handel. Modern styles and rhythms feature samba, blues and rock. A question and answer period follows where the musicians will take questions about themselves and their instruments. Appropriate for middle and high school students.

Ferdinand the Flower-Loving Bull

Many recall the Disney Tunes classic of Ferdinand the big, strong, loving Spanish bull who refused to bull fight and instead preferred the softer side of life by smelling the beautiful and fragrant flowers. The music is presented by A. Ridout and includes violin and narration. It also includes music for violin and cello and is appropriate for all ages.

The Bitter, Sour, Salt Suite

The Bitter, Sour, Salt Suite was composed by Bruce Adolphe and includes poems about food by Louise Gikow. The narrator and violinist will take audiences on a delicious tale including Chocolate Cake, Mixed Nuts, Meringue, Beef Stew, Butter, Tomatoes, Champagne, and Chili Peppers. It also includes a jazzy duo for violin and cello and is appropriate for all ages.

Music to Spark the Imagination

This program features short works that appeal to kids’ imaginations using sounds that relate to different and interesting musical characters. Musical themes and ideas include lullabies with titles such as Silent Night and Bird’s Lullaby; circus animals featuring Hippos Hit the Road and March of the Monkeys, pieces to encourage dancing such as Wind up Doll Dance and Teddy Bear Dance; and fairy tale music with Funny Fairy Tale. Interaction is the primary focus of this program and is great for pre-school ages.

Woodwind, brass, and percussion programs are available upon request. Contact the Auburn Symphony at 253.887.7777  for further information.