Teacher Resources

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A2SO Program Notes for Kids Archive

Four Seasons (November 2018)- Bartók, Romanian Folk Dances; Jessica A. Hunt, The Eagle Tree; Haydn, Symphony No. 90 in C Major; Vivaldi, Concerto No. 3 in F Major, RV 293 “Autumn” and Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297 “Winter” from The Four Seasons; Piazzolla, “Spring” and “Summer” from Four Seasons of Buenos Aries
Mahler 9 (October 2018)-
Mahler, Symphony No. 9
Opening Night: New World Symphony (September 2018)
Bolcom, Ann Arbor Saturday; Gershwin, I Got Rhythm & Rhapsody in Blue; Dvorak, New World Symphony
Verdi Requiem (April 2018)
– Verdi, Requiem
Blue Cathedral (March 2018) – Higdon, Blue Cathedral; Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1; Schumann, Symphony No. 1 “Spring”
Mozart Birthday Bash (January 2018) Fellman, Reflections on Mozart: Big Bend; Mozart, Symphony No. 1; Mozart, Clarinet Concerto; Mozart, Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”
William Tell (November 2017) – Rossini, Overture to William Tell; Dvorak, Violin Concerto No. 1; Shostakovich, Symphony No. 15
Ludwig & The Kings (October 2017) – Beethoven, Symphony No. 8; Ellington, King Solomon from Three Black Kings; Bloch, Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody; Handel, Excerpts from Solomon
Opening Night Gala: Broadway, Bernstein, Bravissimo! (September 2017) – Bernstein, Overture to Candide; Arias by Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi; Bernstein, Overture to Westside Story; Songs by Gershwin and Porter; Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition

Verdi: Viva L’Italia (May 2017) – Rossini, Semiramide Overture; Verdi, Opera Choruses; Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Italien; Respighi, Pines of Rome
Firebird (March 2017) – Schachter, Freylekhe Tanzen; Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor; Debussy, Nocturnes; Stravinsky, Firebird Suite
Mozart Birthday Bash (January 2017) – Tchaikovsky, Suite No. 4 “Mozartiana;” Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21; Mozart, Symphony No. 39
Tchaikovsky & Friends (November 2016) – Daugherty, Strut; Shostakovich, Violin Concerto; Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6
Romeo & Juliet (October 2016) – Brahms, Tragic Overture; Haydn, Sinfonia Concertante; Prokofiev, Romeo & Juliet
Opening Night with Jon Kimura Parker (September 2016) – Shostakovich, Festive Overture; Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier Suite; Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 2

The Planets (April 2016) – Chambers, The Tall-Eared Fox and the Wild-Eyed Man; Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto; Holst, The Planets
Harp Magic (March 2016) – Handel, Overture and Ballo from Ariodante; Ginastera, Harp Concerto; Brahms, Symphony No. 2
Mozart Birthday Bash (January 2016) – Mozart, Abduction from the Seraglio
Mendelssohn “Italian” (November 2015)– Sibelius, Karelia Suite & Valse Triste; Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3; Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4
Romantic Tchaikovsky (October 2015) – Kodaly, Suite from Hary Janos; Tchaikovsky, Pezzo Capriccioso; Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme; Dvorak, Symphony No. 6
Beethoven Festival with Garrick Ohlsson (September 2015) – Beethoven, Symphony No. 3; Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3; Beethoven, Choral Fantasy

Mahler 5 (April 2015)– Bach, Concerto for Two Violins; Mahler, Symphony 5
Absolut Russian (March 2015)– Shostakovich, Symphony No. 10; Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet; Borodin, Polovtsian Dances
Mozart Birthday Bash (January 2015)– Mozart, Adagio & Fugue; Mozart, Oboe Concerto; Mozart, Arias from The Abduction from the Seraglio; Mozart, “Et Incarnatus Est from The Great Mass; Mozart, Exsultate Jubilate; Mozart, Symphony No. 40
Tchaikovsky & Friends (November 2014)– Rossini, Overture to La scala di seta; Schumann, Symphony No. 3; Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1
Made in the USA (October 2014)– Bernstein, Chichester Psalms; Barber, Violin Concerto; Daugherty, Route 66; Gershwin, An American in Paris
Beethoven Festival with Andre Watts (September 2014) – Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3; Beethoven, Symphony No. 5; Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5

Other Resources for Teachers
Classroom Concerts: Brass Quintet
Topic: Prepare for Brass Quintet Classroom Concert
Tasks: Identify brass instrument parts, make your own brass instrument, repertoire exploration, how to be a good audience member

Classroom Concerts: Reed Trio
Topic: Prepare for a Reed Trio Classroom Concert
Tasks: Identify reed instruments, make your own reed instrument, repertoire exploration, how to be a good audience member

Classroom Concerts: String Quartet
Topic: Prepare for String Quartet Classroom Concert
Tasks: Identify string instrument parts, make your own string instrument, repertoire exploration, how to be a good audience member

String Instrument Coloring
Topic: Parts of the string instruments
Tasks: Coloring page

How to be a good audience member
Topic: Concert etiquette
Tasks: Activities to brainstorm and act out good and bad audience behavior, talking points, and a quiz

Presenting the Orchestra: Activities for Young Music-Makers
Topic: A 16-page activity book that explores all facets of the orchestra: Instrument families, The Musicians, The Conductor, The Composer, and Going to A Concert

A2SO Sound Science
Topic: The Science of Sound: What causes vibrations, loud vs. soft, high vs. low
Tasks: Word search, fill-in the blanks, drawing and describing.