Celebrating Music with the LI Philharmonic

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Students at Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center and Shore Road School celebrated the gift of music when they were visited by the Long Island Philharmonic as part of the orchestra’s arts-in-education program. The students were introduced to various instruments, discussed how music makes them feel, and learned about what it is like to be a performer.
   
Violinist Valerie Levy told Shore Road students that listening to a live performance is different from listening to music on the radio or iTunes. “Going to a live show is a very special experience,” she said. “Each show is a bit different every time.”
   
At Shore Road, the musicians’ string quartet entertained the students with “Broadway Beats,” with music from the most famous Broadway hits, including “Annie,” “The Lion King,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and more. Select students were invited to accompany the quartet with song and dance.
   
At Charles A. Reinhard, the woodwind quartet’s circus theme brought to life Jean de Brunhoff’s story about Babar’s growing up to be king of the realm. Babar’s story, as told by a professional mime, was intertwined with the music of Francis Poulenc. Students were also introduced to the music of Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Camille Saint-Saëns and Amilcare Ponchielli.