The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra's 2016 Youth Outreach Program was a smashing success!
In collaboration with the the Tap City Youth Ensemble of the American Tap Dance Foundation, and once again generously funded by Goldman Sachs, the KCO presented A Short History of the Art of Tap to five Lower Manhattan public schools, culminating with the Tribeca Film Festival street fair. Check out a few photos from the performances at right.
Our goal is to teach children to appreciate the beauty of classical music, and perhaps reawaken their parents’ connections to classical music.
The KCO is grateful to Goldman Sachs for generously funding another season of youth outreach in Lower Manhattan.
For the 2016 youth outreach program, the KCO is joining with the best young tappers from the American Tap Dance Foundation's Tap City Youth Ensemble to present a quick history of the art of tap! Opening with a demonstration of this syncopated, percussive form of dance, the program answers the question "What is tap?" with joyful music made by instruments and feet. Dancers and musicians will show how tap developed in the mid 1800s with shared elements of African, Irish and English dance styles, and will highlight the style and legacy of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, an iconic tapper at the turn of the 20th century who brought the dance style to a wide, appreciative audience. Listen as musicians and dancers improvise, and trade rhythms back and forth. There will be lots of audience participation throughout the program, which concludes with tap's "national anthem" -- the Shim Sham!
For 2015, KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin created a musical presentation honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. A KCO string quintet was joined by a drummer, electric bass player and gospel vocalist. The program, with historical background interspersed between musical selections, included such civil rights classics asWe Shall Overcome, A Change Is Gonna Come, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, Lift Every Voice and This Little Light Of Mine. The KCO visited PS 150 (Tribeca), PS 1 (Chinatown), PS/IS 126 (Lower East Side), PS 3 (West Village), PS 397 (South Street Seaport) and PS/IS 89 (Battery Park City). The KCO also brought musical presentations to the Trinity School and Grace Church School.
Our presentations are generally 45-60 minutes in length and consist of performances by elite professional musicians and soloists interspersed with anecdotes and entertaining talks on music history and theory.
To download a document describing Sample Programs, click here.