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George Walker's Lyric for Strings Lesson Plan

George Walker's Lyric for Strings Activity Sheet

Watch George Walker's Lyric for Strings video on YouTube

On Juneteenth 2020, the Boston Symphony Orchestra pays homage to the rich culture and extraordinary spirit of the Black community and all those who wholeheartedly support its crucial progress and goals; please enjoy this audio clip of George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra in 2019, under the direction of Keith Lockhart. The piece is accompanied by stunning photos of the composer taken during the final years of his life by photographer Frank Schramm. Mr. Walker passed away in 2018 at the age of 96.


The Dream Lives On Lesson Plan

The Dream Lives On Activity Sheet

Watch The Dream Lives On video on YouTube

To commemorate the Boston Pops 125th Anniversary in 2010, the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart commissioned a work celebrating the inspiring language and public service of the Kennedy Family.

The words from the Kennedy Family challenged the country to justice and equality during the Civil Rights movement — words that we still need to be accountable to today.


BSO Youth Concert Lesson Plans

Summon the Heroes Activity

John Williams- Summon the Heroes

Describe a hero!

2018 Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts

Tchaikovsky - Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

Costume design and story writing are at the heart of these activities. Students create their own designs and write their own script to the music of the Polonaise.

Ginastera - Malambo from Estancia Dances

This listening guide encourages students to picture the story of the dance competition in Ginastera's Malambo from Estancia Dances.

Prokofiev - Death of Tybalt

In this lesson, students will identify emotions evoked by Prokofiev’s The Death of Tybalt, from Romeo and Juliet.

Ruo - Folk Songs for Orchestra

In this lesson, students listen to two of Huang Ruo’s Folk Songs for Orchestra and engage in activities where they compare and contrast the pieces, building towards the challenge of writing their own love song.

Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture

Students will create their own compositions based on classic folk songs in this lesson based on Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture.

Chabrier - Marche Joyeuse

In this week’s lesson, inspired by Chabrier’s Marche Joyeuse, students will build vocabulary through discussion of the piece and Impressionist art.


2019 Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts

Rule No. 1: Always Take the Scenic Route
Thomas Wilkins Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Programs and Germeshausen Youth and Family Concert Conductor

Britten - Storm

Dzubay - Ra!

Respighi - Pines of Rome

Grofe - Grand Canyon Suite

Rimsky Korsakov - Procession of the Nobles

 


2020 Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts

The Beautiful Sounds of Friendship: A Musical Look at Connectivity and Belonging
Thomas Wilkins Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Programs and Germeshausen Youth and Family Concert Conductor

Shostakovich - Allegro from Symphony No.10

Mussorgsky - Baba Yaga from Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky - Gnomus from Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky - Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition

Rimsky-Korsakov - Dance of the Tumblers from The Snow Maiden

Bartok - Game of Couples from Concerto for Orchestra

Brahms - Hungarian Dance No.5 in G minor

Huang Ruo - The Girl from da ban city

Roberto Sierra - Tumbao, from Sinfonia No. 3, La Salsa


Concerts for Very Young People

In a recent collaboration, the BSO partnered with WBUR’s Circle Round to record episodes of the popular children’s podcast that shares folk tales from around the world. BSO musicians are featured performing original music composed by Eric Shimelonis, accompanying scripts written by Rebecca Sheir and narrated by actors. Check out the episodes below and to subscribe to the podcast click here!

Joining us on stage was a trio of musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra — second bassoonist Suzanne Nelsen, flutist Cindy Meyers, and second horn Rachel Childers — plus a quartet of all-star actors: Lauren Ambrose, Jane Kaczmarek, Thomas Sadoski and Campbell Scott.

Circle Round, Ep. 66 – “Kangaroo and Joey Too”

Kangaroo and Joey Too

This episode is the first in a special three-part pop-up series performed live with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, in front of a very excited audience of children and grown-ups.

If you’re a kid, have you ever thought about how it might feel to be a parent? To have a child of your own, and make sure that they’re safe and healthy?

In this story, we’ll meet an animal mom who goes on a very big adventure to keep her baby safe.

Our story is called “Kangaroo and Joey Too.” It originally comes from Australia.

Circle Round, Ep. 67 – “Practice Makes Progress”

Practice Makes Progress

This episode is the second in a special three-part pop-up series performed live with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, in front of a very excited audience of children and grown-ups.

Think about a time you worked hard to learn something new, like tying your shoes or reading all by yourself.

Our story is called “Practice Makes Progress.” Versions of this folktale originally come from the Antilles: a chain of islands in the West Indies.

Circle Round, Ep. 68 – “The Magic Bowl”

The Magic Bowl

 This episode is the third in a special three-part pop-up series performed live with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, in front of a very excited audience of children and grown-ups.

If you’ve been listening to Circle Round for a while, think back to all the stories you’ve heard where a character receives a magical gift.

In those stories, our characters used their magical gifts for good. But in today’s tale? That isn’t quite the case!

Our story is called called “The Magic Bowl.” Versions of this folktale have been told in the West Indies: a region of the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The main character is Anansi: a trickster figure who originally comes from Ghana, in West Africa.


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