InConcert Sierra presented two educational concerts free of charge for more than 350 local third-grade students April 19 by the Europe-based chamber ensemble, the Zodiac Trio with Vanessa Mollard, violin; Kliment Krylovsky, clarinet; and Riko Higuma, piano.
The presentation was titled “The Sound of our Imagination,” which introduced classical music in a fun and creative way. The students walked into the concert with big smiles, keeping in line and all dressed up, ready for a concert; perhaps their very first, according to InConcert Sierra Executive Director Julie Hardin.
Krylovskiy, clarinetist and spokesperson for the Zodiac Trio, captivated the students and engaged them with the music, and with many explanations and questions. Students raised their hands to the sky, waving with arms stretched, ready to give the ‘right’ answer.
The students had been well prepped by InConcert Sierra docents who visited the classrooms prior to the concert day. The young and engaging trio of musicians encouraged the students to “use their imaginations” to visualize the music they were hearing. The students were very enthusiastic and ready to participate. Krylovskiy noted to Hardin that Grass Valley students are really smart, as they knew so many answers (identifying sounds represented in the music they’d hear) and asked so many intelligent questions.
“My students loved the concert! I did not realize that for nearly all of them, this was their first concert ever,” said Bell Hill Academy teacher Eric Halseth. “We will definitely create some thank you letters for the musicians, and will try to create letters of the highest quality, since that was what we witnessed with the Zodiac Trio. Thanks to you and InConcert Sierra for hosting such an amazing event. We are extremely thankful for having the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful program, and look forward to future performances.”
InConcert volunteers agreed.
“What a joy to see their faces as they walked out from the concert, smiles and words of thanks, from a third grader, from the heart,” said InConcert Sierra Volunteer Coordinator Ileen Erickson. “I hope we have even more participation from our schools next season. The kids loved it.”
The concerts were sponsored by Charles Lindquist and Sheila Baker. The third-grade concerts are an annual event.
For information on InConcert Sierra educational programs and scholarships, please visit inconcertsierra.org.