The Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra will play for more than 1,400 Hopkins County students in the third, fourth and fifth grades on March 13 in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.
Those grade levels of the Sulphur Springs Independent School District and the other school districts in Hopkins County, as well as students from private and home school programs, are invited to attend. Students may, if they want to and are able, pay $1 for their seat.
This will be the 12th annual Children's Concert sponsored by the Sulphur Springs Symphony League. The league engages and pays for the musicians' services and travel mileage, and will provide a meal for them at the concert. Additionally, the league pays fees for all the sheet music licensing and royalties that are necessary for such performances.
Under the baton of Dr. Douglas Bakenhus, a chamber orchestra of about 32 professional musicians will perform selections, mostly from the classical repertoire, which have proven highly popular with the audience of young people. This cultural event will also help the students learn how to appreciate this form of the arts by hearing and seeing the different instruments, and how to respond to the conductor and his music while interacting with live, professional orchestra members.
A number of Sulphur Springs Strings program students will participate with the professional musicians in the orchestra's first selection.
“I think these talented students are fortunate to have this opportunity to play with an orchestra of this caliber,” said Dwight Corley, league president.
Corley also said, “If you would like help pay for some of this program, please mail your donation to SSSL, PO Box 251, Sulphur Springs TX 75483. The league is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and your contribution may be tax deductible.”
– Information provided by the Sulphur Springs Symphony League
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