In conjunction with the Quincy Public Schools, the Quincy Symphony Orchestra will present “Adventure is Out There,” their 45th annual Young People’s Concerts on Friday, March 18 at Baldwin Intermediate School. Both students and adults will enjoy this concert conducted by Dr. Bruce Briney. The 11:30 a.m. performance is free and open to the public—and at about 45 minutes, it’s perfect for a lunch break.
“Adventure is Out There!” showcases music from modern movies and the spirit of adventure that permeates their themes. The orchestra will perform pieces from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Harry Potter,” “Frozen,” “Star Wars” and others. These well-known pieces will serve as a background for introducing the instruments of the orchestra to students and members of the community. Over 3,400 children from 30 area schools will be attending these concerts during the school day.
“Since the creation of movies with sound, music has been an essential element in film making. In the same way that certain movie catchphrases make their way into our culture (May the force be with you), movie music also seeps into our subconscious,” Briney said. “As we introduce orchestral music to another generation, we convey to children the importance of their connection to this artistic world. The experience of this art form involves not only the composer, conductor and musicians, but also the audience members who engage them.”
Admission is free in fulfillment of the QSOA’s mission to bring fine symphonic orchestral and choral music to the region while encouraging young people to foster an interest in live music. The concerts are made possible by support from Encore! Symphony Volunteer Council, the J. W. Gardner II Foundation, Refreshment Services Pepsi, Quincy Service League, Gem City Kiwanis, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Quincy Society of Fine Arts Art$ Dollar$, the Quincy Wal-Mart Superstore, the Stillwell Foundation and the Tracy Family Foundation. Additional support provided by the Alan L. & Mary Ellen Stiegemeier Fund, the Jayne & Leroy Boeckelman Fund for Young Musicians and the Katherine Broemmel Endowment for the Arts of the Community Foundation. The QSOA season sponsors are Blessing Health System, Gardner Denver and the Knapheide Manufacturing Company. Call 217-222-2856 or visit www.qsoa.org for more information.