Igniting a Musical Spark in South Florida Kids!

Cleveland Orchestra Miami Has the Answer

How can classical music compete with the likes of Snoop Dog, Lady Ga Ga, Pit Bull and Justin Bieber? How can classical music stir the emotions of our youth and eliminate the “lets-get-this-over-with” face when listening to the classics?

Well, the Cleveland Orchestra has the answer and has successfully initiated several community programs that ignite the musical spark in local youth for musicians, like Yo Yo Ma playing a cello concerto or enjoying and understanding a Beethoven symphony. Children of all ages have reacted enthusiastically to the orchestra’s free concerts.

Launched in January 2007, Cleveland Orchestra Miami has touched the lives of more than 20.000 children, students and adults each year.

Devin, a second grader, after attending a performance said, “Thanks for the music. It was amazing. Now I love classical music. I won’t forget the music.” Bryan, a fourth grader echoed this sentiment. He says, “I couldn’t go to bed last night because the music was stuck in my head.”

Bravo to the Cleveland Orchestra Miami!

Cleveland Orchestra Miami just began its 2016-2017 season. The first week included two educational concerts, along with two concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall. Again this year the Orchestra will offer an array of outstanding community programming, including:

Under-18-Free program which offers a free ticket with each regular-priced adult paid admission to young people ages eight to seventeen. This program is designed to encourage families to attend concerts together. Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Box Office in person or by phone at 305-949-6722.

Education Concerts for Miami-Dade County Public Schools where Cleveland Orchestra Miami, led by conductor Brett Mitchell, performs hour-long free concerts for children in school. Children attending experience the distinct sounds of the string, woodwind, brass and percussion sections and learn how composers weave these individual groups into diverse musical landscapes.

Music Explorer Programs at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, geared toward younger students. This is a fun way for the children to learn about the instruments in the orchestra, one at a time. Musicians from the Orchestra perform short solo kid-friendly tunes that demonstrate their instruments’ sounds while children sing, clap and move to the music. A magical time for the audience!

Orchestra Collaboration Program, which began in 2004. Cleveland Orchestra Miami joins Coral Reef High School Orchestra, led by director Lee W. Stone, for a side-by-side rehearsal in January at the school. The ongoing program between the Orchestra and the Miami-Dade County magnet school gives the young orchestra members an incredible opportunity to learn from the professionals.

Free Community Concert presented by the Cleveland Orchestra Miami and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is open to Miami residents. This year’s concert will take place at Miami-Dade County Auditorium in January, 2017. Details on tickets will be announced soon.

Community and Educational Programs presented by the Orchestra reach students of all ages, enriching our community through world-class orchestral performances, meaningful educational concerts for school children and collaborations with community partners such as the University of Miami Frost School of Music, Miami Music project and Miami Dade County County Public Schools. Cleveland Orchestra Miami delivers on its commitment to bring the community the highest level of classical music available today.

“We Couldn’t Do It Without You!” Under the leadership of a Miami-based not-for-profit board of directors, Cleveland Orchestra Miami is supported through the generosity of music-lovers across South Florida. Each seasons’ concerts are presented in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The 2016-2017-season sponsor is White & Case. Educational Concerts are sponsored in part by The Children’s Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Batchelor Foundation. Generous foundation support is also provided by the Miami Foundation, from a fund established by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

For Cleveland Orchestra Miami’s full 2016-2017 schedule and to buy tickets, please visit www.ClevelandOrchestraMiami.com.

. . .Did you know. . .that during a concert there is no clapping until the conductor brings the baton down. Okay. now we can clap and give Cleveland Orchestra Miami a standing ovation for all they do for the community, and for allowing us to enjoy and appreciate exquisite music!

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