A new program – “Fun with Strings” – is being offered to schools without strings instruction or those with emerging programs in November of 2017.

Highlights will include:

  • The String Quartet
  • A ‘Petting Zoo’ with each child having a hands-on experience
  • Western musical styles through the centuries using variations on a familiar tune

The program will be offered free for the 1st performance in a school – up to 3 classrooms – of 3rd or 4th graders.  

Past programs have included the following:

String Quartet, Theme #1: Musical Time Machine

The String Quartet plays music that relates the time period of the composition to an event in American history and an invention that was created during that time. Composers include Mozart, Haydn Copland and more. 

String Quartet, Theme #2: The Magic of Music

The world of magic and imagination represented in music is explored through compositions by composers as diverse as Anton Dvorak and John Williams. 

String Quartet, Theme #3: Music Around the World

Travel around the world with the String Quartet as they play musical selections from different countries. Enjoy ethnic instruments and other artifacts to identify global locations. Music by classical composers as well as traditional music are featured.

Woodwind Quintet, Theme #1: From Sea to Shining Sea

A celebration and exploration of American history through events, places and the music. Including works by Haydn, Malcolm Arnold, Scott Joplin, John Williams, John Philip Sousa and traditional music including folk music and spirituals.

Music in the Schools Concerts are sponsored in part by RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA), the North Family Trust, and individual participating schools.