Back to school for Terre Haute Symphony

Posted on: April 11, 2022

“In two Wednesday morning concerts … the first being standing room only … the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra introduced local fourth graders to the pleasures of music in a deliberate fashion—instrument by instrument, and finally as an entire ensemble,” writes David Kronke in Wednesday’s (4/6) Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN). “It marked the orchestra’s first in-person ‘Adventures in Music’ children’s concert since 2019. David Bowden, THSO artistic director and conductor, presented string instruments from the smallest to the grandest … followed by all strings performing Mozart’s ‘A Little Night Music.’ The woodwinds came next, followed by the horn section and percussion instruments. Selections included ‘Fanfare for the Common Man,’ ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ from ‘The Nutcracker’ and The ‘William Tell’ Overture. ‘The children’s concerts are the most exciting that we play,’ said Shelley Chriss, who plays flute and piccolo for the orchestra…. ‘I grew up in Ohio, and I remember the Cincinnati Symphony coming to a nearby gymnasium,’ she noted…. Bowden added, … ‘We like playing for them, but we don’t want them just to have an experience of listening to an orchestra—we want them to be a part of an orchestra.’ ”