The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra's Youth Outreach Program is a smashing success!
The KCO is grateful to Goldman Sachs for generously continuing to sponsor our Youth Outreach program.
In early 2017, we were able to visit PS 150 in Tribeca, PS/IS 126 on the Lower East Side, PS/IS 89 and PS 276 in Battery Park City, PS 1 in Chinatown, and the Spruce Street School in the South Street Seaport neighborhood.
This was the year that the KCO took hundreds of children around Lower Manhattan on a journey through the masterpieces of classical music with "Why Mozart Matters!" Through examples from the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and other iconic composers, KCO Music Director Gary Fagin and his stellar musicians guided young listeners deep into what it takes to create, perform and appreciate a masterpiece. Students of all ages emerged with an understanding of great art of the past matters, even today.
In the 2016 Youth Outreach program, funded by Goldman Sachs, the KCO collaborated with the Tap City Youth Ensemble of the American Tap Dance Foundation to present A Short History of the Art of Tap. We visited five Lower Manhattan public schools, and culminated the youth outreach season with a performance at 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.
In our 2015 youth outreach program funded by Goldman Sachs, 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 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.