Houston Symphony brings elementary school students to the world of classical music

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HOUSTON - The classroom is alive with the sound of music.   But not just any music: it's classical.  Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms… the most elevated type of melodies brought to the students at Crespo Elementary in Southeast Houston by the Houston Symphony, HISD and BBVA Compass.

"Today we're gathered here to unveil a one-of-a-kind initiative in Houston that integrates professional musicians and major orchestral repertoire into the classrooms of every third, fourth and fifth grade student here at Crespo Elementary School," said Mark C. Hanson, Houston Symphony Executive Director and CEO.

The School Residency is a three-year initiative involving lessons, instrument demonstrations and performances.  This pilot program has a very clear goal: get these boys and girls inspired, expand their horizons and help them achieve higher academic results.

"One of the things that surprised both us and the principal is to see certain kids that we weren't expecting get really excited, like some of the athletes," expressed David Connor, one of the Symphony's community embedded musicians.

And while the kids are getting all uppity, let's get into a different kind of mood.  Frank Sinatra, "The Voice", "The Sultan of Swoon", would've celebrated his 100th birthday this year, and for the next two weekends, the Houston Symphony has a special program in his honor.

"It's coming up, do not miss it," said Carlos Andres Botero, the Symphony's Musical Ambassador and Assistant Conductor.  "It's a great way to realize that music is good, whatever you play."

So start spreadin' the news.  And with regard to the school music program, one day these children will have the world on a string… and it will be epic.


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