More than 5,000 4th and 5th graders from 70 schools in Spokane, Spokane Valley and northern Idaho will experience the Spokane Symphony at the Fox Theater for Symphony Days this week.
Students learned in class how composers develop themes in their music to represent characters. This technique will be demonstrated with two classical works intended to encourage students’ interest in orchestral music as well as several familiar film scores.
Program highlights include: Richard Wagner, “Ride of the Valkyries”; Hector Berlioz, “March to the Scaffold”; Monty Norman, “James Bond Theme”; John Williams, “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”; Alan Silvestri, “Avenger’s Theme”; John Williams, “Hedwigs Theme”.
Among the student comments during Symphony Day 2021 were:
“Dear all of the Symphony, you have been wonderful. If you heard me say ‘Yea Woo Hoo’ and clap in the yellow coat that was me and it changed me and my taste in music,” Ridgeview Elementary School student, 2021
“Thank you for giving me a once in a lifetime gift. It really inspired me to learn more about music. I really liked the design of the fox and I also liked the look and feel of it. concert experience. Once again thank you for giving me this gift”, Mikiley, 2021
The performances began on Wednesday, October 26 and continue today with the daily participation of several thousand students from the region.
Shira Samuels-Shragg will make her debut conducting the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Shira graduated in May 2022 with her Masters of Music in Conducting from the Julliard School.
Believing in the power of music to connect and heal, Shira helped design and played piano in the concert “Dialogue in Three Movements: An Artistic Journey of Israel/Palestine on the International Day of Peace” , created by Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar David and his organization ARTolérance among many accomplishments. She’s from Los Angeles.