Young Person’s Concert/Shadow Orchestra
Maestro John Farrer, from the Roswell Symphony Orchestra introduces different musical instruments to over 800 area fourth grade students at the Young Person’s Concert. This concert is a fun annual tradition with music played specifically for young people with tunes they all recognize. All of the students experience something that is meant to spark an interest in music that will enrich their lives for years to come.
Also participating in this concert was the Shadow Orchestra. This includes high school students from southeastern New Mexico who are selected by their music teachers to play with the RSO on several selections during the Young Person’s Concert. It’s a magnificent opportunity for these young people to meet professional musicians, be part of a rehearsal and perform in a concert.
As a non-profit organization, none of this would have been possible without the generous support of several sponsors. The Roswell Symphony gratefully acknowledges and thanks the Armstrong-Clark Foundation, Paul McCutchen Private Foundation, Robert E. and Evelyn McKee Foundation, Otero Federal Credit Union and the Roswell Sertoma Club. Their dedication to Roswell and the arts enables us to continue this valuable tradition.
May we all remember “a community’s vibrancy is defined by its arts and culture.”
Teacher comments from our surveys…
“Thank you so much for doing this free of cost for our students. For so many of them, this is the only concert of its type that they will ever get to attend.”
“Bravo!!! The whole experience was wonderful. Seeing high school students participate in a popular song was a perfect touch. My students talked about the songs in popular cartoons and commercials the week after the concert …”
“… my students loved the experience and wrote about it afterwards. Some of their comments were..."I hope I can play music all of my life"..."my favorite instrument was the..."I loved the music that made you think you could ride a horse". One student has been disinterested all year but wrote "That was just awesome!"”
“The concert was great! My students were excited and could not stop talking about the instruments and the music.”